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  • 2015 November 15: Bach & Pedagogy

    November 15, 2015 10:30

    It was pointed out to me on Reformation Sunday that "you know, the organ can be played quietly too," to which I replied "Not on Reformation Sunday!" Meanwhile, I thought I'd play an organ piece on the soft end of the musical loudness spectrum. (Neener neener!) (more )

  • 2015 November 8: Passacaglias

    November 08, 2015 10:30

    The idea of building a piece on a repeating pattern (eight bars long, say) has been around since time immemorial. Baroque era versions of that would be the "passacaglica" and the "chaconne". Two modern applications of that idea would be Taizé (a Christian meditative musical form) and Rap. (more )

  • 2015 November 1: Jan Hus

    November 01, 2015 10:30

    Jan Hus (1369–1415) was one of the earliest reformers — something of a "John the Baptist" laying the groundwork for the Reformation that was to come a century later. Hus was a Czech professor and preacher who — influenced by England's John Wycliffe (1331–1384) — railed against the moral and theological scandals of the Church of his day, including 'indulgences' and the idea of Purgatory. Hus also promoted the scurrilous ideas of Scripture in the local language of the people, congregational hymn singing, and married priests. For his efforts he was burned at the stake. (more )

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