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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sunday Song: Buxtehude's "Prelude and Chaconne in C Major"

Happy Mother's Day!

Today's piece is Dieterich Buxtehude's "Prelude and Chaconne in C Major," played by Dorothy Young Riess, M.D.

Videotaped during an impromptu session on the Sydney, Australia Opera House organ hosted by organ curator, Mark Fisher.

Edited 05/25/2010:
It has been brought to my attention that while this piece begins accurately, the later registration and overly staccato touch is not in the proper style of Buxtehude. Listen and see if you can hear the change.

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