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BACH AND THE FRENCH - David Clark Little, harpsichord**
Sunday May 3, 2009, 4 PM - First Presbyterian Church of Willow Grove

BACH  AND  THE  FRENCH, DAVID  CLARK  LITTLE,  HARPSICHORD, works of Louis Couperin, François Couperin, Rameau, J.S. Bach, Jacques Duphly; 4:00 PM, Sunday, May 3, 2009; First Presbyterian Church of Willow Grove, 502 North Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA; 215-659-5938. Free-will offering. 


J.S. Bach knew the French Baroque style well.  He particularly admired the keyboard music of François Couperin, and even made copies of some pieces. François Couperin, named “Le Grand” was the main musician to Louis XIV, the “Sun King.”  He wrote over 230 pieces for the harpsichord.  Louis Couperin, was uncle to the better-known François Couperin, wrote daring harmonies, and experimental "unmeasured preludes."


The harpsichord David will play was built in 1986 by Robert Wilson, of Lambertville NJ, and is a copy of a French double-manual harpsichord built in 1732 by the French builder Blanchet.


David Clark Little studied Organ, Harpsichord, and Composition at the West Chester State University, PA, and in the Netherlands, at the conservatories of Hilversum, Amsterdam, and Utrecht.  Among his teachers were several well-known performers, including harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt, and organist Keith Chapman.  He has performed widely solo and in ensembles in the USA, the Netherlands, France, and Indonesia. Currently he is Organist/Choir Director at the First Presbyterian Curch of Willow Grove, PA; and teaches organ, harpsichord & piano privately, and at the Settlement School in Philadelphia, PA.  Running a private studio, he produces CDs with the Adnarim label.  Among these are his performances of harpsichord Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti; and  his own arrangement of the Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach. 

**David Clark Little is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

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October 12 2014
Oct-12-2014
10th Anniversary of the Guild for Early Music partnering with the Grounds for Sculpture and WWFM.  For regular admission to the Grounds, enjoy an entire day of early music, with more than a dozen groups performing music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque.  Festivities start at 12:30 PM.
 
October 26 2014
Oct-26-2014
La Fiocco** presents Birds of a Feather, Virtuoso Recorder Music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and 21st Century.  Artistic director Lewis R. Baratz is joined by three outstanding young artist recorder players, Aik Shin Tan, Andrew Broadwater, and 17-year-old Piffaro and international recorder competition winner Martin Bernstein. 

Also performing on the program are Ann Bies, a Philadelphia-based recorder player, Lynn Fergusson, Benjamin Berman, John Armato, and John Orluk, performing on viola da gamba, harpsichord, lute, theorbo, cittern, and baroque guitar. 

Works by Henry VIII, Dowland, Trabaci, van Eyck, Telemann, and contemporary prize-winning recorder composer Glen Shannon. 

Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury (New Hope), PA.  $25, $10 students.  For more information, contact info@lafiocco.org. Visit lafiocco.org.

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

 
October 31 2014
Oct-31-2014
Friday, October 31, 2014, 8PM: De Profundis: In the Shadow of Death.  Funeral music by German baroque composer Johann Rosenmüller (1619-1684)

“Life itself is but the shadow of death, and souls departed but the shadows of the living.” - Sir Thomas Browne

Trinity Church, Princeton 33 Mercer Street Princeton, NJ 08540

Johann Rosenmüller has come to the forefront of attention in recent years as a composer of remarkable musical depth and talent. His ability to create both intense vocal drama is equaled by his expressive string writing. In his larger monumental settings of psalms he combines the spatial sensitivity of Monteverdi with the virtuosic string ensemble music of the second half of the 17th century, foreshadowing the sacred music of Bach. His smaller cantatas are gems of text painting and expressive string writing. In the 21st century, audiences are finally beginning to discover the mid-baroque repertoire and the masterpieces of this exceptionally superb composer.

**ARTEK is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

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