Garmany Music Series: Baroque Organ Concert

Farmington.FirstChurcho.On Sunday, May 18, the Farmington Libraries will sponsor an organ concert at First Church of Christ, Congregational, 1652 located at 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT. This event will take place at 4:00 p.m. and will feature First Church’s Minister of Music, Edward Clark, in a recital of baroque music for organ. Come and hear Ed play some of his all-time favorite baroque pieces and enjoy the sounds of the Holtkamp organ.

In the baroque period the virtuosic violin concerto was developed in Italy by composers such as Giuseppe Torelli and Antonio Vivaldi. Their compositions became the model of concerto style. J. S. Bach together with his cousin Johann Gottfried Walther helped spread this music around by making transcriptions of these concertos for a single player representing both the orchestra and the soloist. Bach transcribed 16 of these for the harpsichord and 6 for the organ and his cousin Johann Gottfried Walther transcribed another six of them for organ. Ed will play Walther’s transcription of a festive violin concerto in a minor by Torelli.

Of all the forms of music, none has a longer and more continuous history than the variation. Ed has chosen examples from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries by Spanish, Italian, German, French, English and Danish composers. The variations exist under many names including diferencias, glosa, partita, ground, division, chaconne and passacaglia. These pieces often are sets of variations on well know songs or chorales of the period but can also be based on repeating bass lines or repeating harmonic progressions with varying superstructures.

Advanced registration is required for the program. Please register in advance by calling the library at 860-673-6791 or using this link.

Garmany_LogoThe concert is free and open to the public and is made possible by Richard P. Garmany through a grant awarded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The Farmington Libraries will be hosting a variety of performances throughout the year as part of the Richard P. Garmany music series.

The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.  If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

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