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  • 2017 April 30: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

    April 30, 2017 10:30

    After Isaac Watts (1674-1748) finished college and returned home to Southampton, he wrote many of his now-immortalized hymns for the Above Bar Congregational Church. Then, at age 22, he left home for London to become a tutor. (more )

  • 2017 April 23: Pachelbel's Canon in D

    April 23, 2017 10:30

    Neither the date nor the circumstances of Pachebel's Canon in D are known (suggested dates range from 1680 to 1706), and the oldest surviving manuscript copy of the piece dates from the 19th century. The Canon, like Pachelbel's other works, although popular during his lifetime, soon went out of style, and remained in obscurity for centuries. Originally scored for three violins and cello, a 1968 arrangement and recording of it by the Jean-François Paillard chamber orchestra became unexpectedly popular over the next decade, and in the 1970s the piece began to be recorded by many ensembles; by the early 1980s its presence as background music was inescapable. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, elements of the piece, especially its chord progression, were used in a variety of pop music songs. (more )

  • March 3, 2013: A Trip to Hear Buxtehude

    April 02, 2017 10:30

    In the autumn of 1705, a 20 year-old Bach requested four weeks’ leave from his church in Arnstadt to travel to Lübeck and learn from the famous Dietrich Buxtehude (then 67 years old), organist of the Marienkirche. He made the 250-mile journey on foot, ...(more )


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