Howdy, folks. Here’s the latest:
The new academic year and concert season is about to begin. This fall I will teach a new course on partimento realization, present a few concerts and workshops in Ohio and Washington state, and then depart for Europe in November for a month-long tour and residency at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. I look forward to visiting Riga, Latvia, to play a concert and see some musical friends. In January the schedule includes a festival in Arizona and more events in the Midwest. In February it’s off to Europe once again, this time to the UK for a residency at Royal Northern College of Music and Chatham’s School of Music in Manchester along with concerts and teaching throughout the country.
The Pianist’s Guide to Historic Improvisation is now in the production process with Oxford University Press. We’re working on practical things like page layout, cover art, and the like. I suppose I should read it over one more time to find all the mistakes I made…
I recently presented at the Historic Performance Institute at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in May. Topic: Tributaries of Neapolitan Keyboard Improvisation: Francesco Durante’s Regole d’accompagnamento, Partimenti diminuiti, and Esercizio ovvero sonata per organo. The full presentation is available at Improv Planet.
Also presented at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (Chicago) in summer 2019 at both the pre-conference sessions and the main conference. Topic: Six Rainy-Day Activities for Baroque Improvisation. These presentations will appear on Improv Planet in August.
The manuscript of the improvisation book is done and in the hands of the editors. They tell me to expect it to come out in fall 2019.