"HARPSICHORDS & HUMOR - Bits 'n Pieces "

 

 


 

 

 


 

A typical program for concert audiences.......

 

 

LINDA SKERNICK & YVES FEDER present

"Harpsichords & Humour "

INTRODUCTION

"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)

 

AUTRES PIÈCES DE CLAVECIN Y. A. FEDER

(A discreet Inquiry into the parts and pieces 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

 

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

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Linda Skernick is a well known concert harpsichordist who has much to say about the instruments made and worked on here!
 
 
Music Performances
Linda is also active onstage with "Linda Skernick and Friends" offering baroque chamber music performances, and with some assistance or hindrance from meself, we do a show called "Harpsichords and Humor" doing satirical reviews of the world of early music - both offerings are sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and are available with assistance through the New England Touring Foundation. I've also had the honor of doing concert narrations with Orchestra New England. If the pursuit of total boredom is your goal, check out the bio!
 

 

It's also fun to show off one of our oldest children:
 
A French Double style harpsichord built here in 1978.