Concerts from the Library of Congress

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2022 at 12:00 PM (ET)

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Benjamin Alard - Clavichord program PDF

Benjamin Alard

Benjamin Alard
Photo credit: Bernard Martinez

IN-PERSON CONCERT, COOLIDGE AUDITORIUM

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Benjamin Alard, clavichord

The versatile keyboardist Benjamin Alard will put his flexibility on display in a rare encounter with Wanda Landowska’s Challis clavichord. This intimate performance will include works that take advantage of the clavichord’s special qualities of touch and sound. Although a quieter instrument than the harpsichord, the clavichord allows the performer to continue to influence the sound after striking a key, offering a universe of possibilities to the sensitive keyboardist. Alard’s program will offer the chance to hear a varied program of dramatic music on a seldom heard instrument; a special gift to us from this compelling artist.

Alard will return to the stage on Friday, Dec. 2 for a performance of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier on harpsichord.

There will be no pre-concert talk for this event.

HEINRICH SCHEIDEMANN (attr.)

Lachrymae Pavan after John Dowland

JOHAN JAKOB FROBERGER

Toccata II in D minor

JOHANN CASPAR FERDINAND FISCHER

Prelude VIII and Chaconne in G major

DIETRICH BUXTEHUDE

Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV 163

J.S. BACH

Sonata in D minor, BWV 964

C.P.E. BACH

12 Variations über die Folies d’Espagne, H.263

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