"HARPSICHORDS & HUMOR - Bits 'n Pieces "

Here's one of our typical programs for concert audiences.......


LINDA SKERNICK & YVES FEDER present

"Harpsichords & Humour "

INTRODUCTION

A pompous and boring bit of historical exposition, necessary to present this program in a proper light.

 

"ON DOLMETSCH & COMPANY" - from research done by LARRY PALMER,

Presentation by Yves A. Feder. A look at the harpsichord in America, in the days of Theodore Roosevelt.

 

ELIZABETH JACQUET DE LA GUERRE: (ca.1660 - 1729) PIÈCES DE CLAVECIN

La Flamande - Two Rigaudons - Sarabande - Gigue

A lovely set of harpsichord pieces, written by a pioneering woman composer, a protege of the King of France - and of his Mistress!

 

Y. A. FEDER: AUTRES PIÈCES DE CLAVECIN

A discreet Inquiry into the parts and pieces - possibly including the electric accumulators, steam generators, whippen and jack precursors, bits of dead bird plumage, &c. &c. which make up the construction and operation of a harpsichord!

 

Ladislav DUSSEK: THE SUFFERINGS OF THE QUEEN OF FRANCE, with a spellbinding introduction by the renowned musical scholar, Yves A. Feder.

A singularly moving bit of programmatic theatre for Harpsichord, Harpsichordist and Narrator, wherein the travails and final days of Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, are set forth, amidst the tumult and fury of the French Revolution.

 

THE FOX (ANON.) (Elizabethan) for Harpsichord, Multiple Voices, and Curious Instrumentalia.

 

I N T E R V A L

A brief respite from our Attack on the Musical Sensibilities of the Audience, where they may circulate, perambulate, and otherwise clear their minds of all the nonsense they've just heard, and prepare to learn even more about an area of music they've spent their entire lives wondering about!

 

Y. A. FEDER: HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED ?

A most scholarly Inquiry into the harpsichord mottoes emblazoned on harpsichord lids in centuries gone by, the language used, and the meanings conveyed to the unwashed multitudes present at the concerts in question.

 

J. S. BACH: FRENCH SUITE NO.6 IN E BWV 816

One of the great delights of the keyboard literature. A performance of this most beautiful suite of dance movements in the French Style, with a learned introduction by a Great Musical Expert, brought expressly here from the 18th century for this very concert presentation.

 

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW: MUSINGS ON RECITAL-LECTURES

An extraordinarily witty discourse by the learned Mr. Shaw on the joys and pitfalls of recital-lectures, such as the one you are currently witnessing. The connection is painfully obvious.

 

D. SCARLATTI: (1685 - 1757) SONATA in E Major K.28

A Sports Broadcast, Live from the Stadium, where the Olympic Competition performance of this famed bit of keyboard acrobatics by renowned athlete Linda Skernick, is covered from the sportscaster's box. Complete with an Interview!

 

ARTHUR MARSHALL: SWIPESY CAKE WALK

A demonstration of the use of an 18th century instrument in performance of one of the great pieces of American ragtime keyboard music.

 

 

© Yves A. Feder and Linda Skernick, 1999

All copying, reproduction and gratuitous pirating is expressly forbidden by Law.

 


Linda Skernick is a well known concert harpsichordist who has much to say about the instruments made and worked on here! Some of this righteous concern made its way into our presentation, as the harpsichord builder is a sort of "crew chief" who must often act as the flight line mechanic to the performer's role as "Pilot" and "Commander" !

Linda is also active onstage with "Linda Skernick and Friends" offering baroque chamber music performances with various virtuoso colleages. Both the "Friends" and "Harpsichords & Humor" offerings are sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and are available with assistance through the New England Touring Foundation. Yves Feder has done concert narrations with Orchestra New England, and ongoing acting and narrations with the Connecticut Early Music Festival and the Quinnipiac University Radio Theater.

 


Here's Linda performing WILLIAM T. STEINMAYER'S "JACK DAW'S PAVANE - A SLOW DRAG" recorded here on our FD a couple of years ago. (.Mp3 file)Copyright Linda Skernick & William T. Steinmayer. Reproduction without authorization prohibited.

 


It's also fun to show off some of our harpsichord work, and one of our oldest children: After all, 38 harpsichords have come from this workshop since 1976!
 
A French Double style harpsichord built here in 1978.

Thanks for visiting! We hope you enjoyed this little peek into our Duo Presentation.

© Yves A. Feder and Linda Skernick, 2003

All copying, reproduction and gratuitous (or even non-gratuitous) pirating is expressly forbidden by Law.