STEUBEN — Kevin Birch, DMA, takes us on journey of musical discovery 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Eagle Hill Institute, performing works of Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707), Georg Bohm 1661-1733), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach (1714-1788) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1891) on the clavichord.
For centuries the clavichord flourished in Europe as the ideal instrument for intimate music making and study. A favorite instrument of Johann Sebastian Bach, his biographer Forkel tells us that J.S. “preferred the clavichord to the harpsichord” and that “both for practice and intimate use he regarded the clavichord as the best instrument for study and preferred to express on it his finest feelings.”
Birch will introduce the program with a description and historical overview of the clavichord. He will perform on clavichords by Dutch builder Koen Vermeij (after Christian Gottlob Hubert , 1784) and American builder Jeremy Adams (after Manuel Carmo, 1796). There will be an optional dinner afterward.