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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2022 at 8:00 PM (ET)

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Benjamin Alard
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IN-PERSON CONCERT, COOLIDGE AUDITORIUM

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The extraordinary organist, harpsichordist and clavichordist Benjamin Alard offers a monumental second concert, this time on the harpsichord: the first book of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Alard is currently recording the entirety of Bach’s music for solo organ and harpsichord (with an occasional appearance of the clavichord), and recently released the sixth volume of this ambitious project, which features Book I of the WTC. Hans von Bülow once described Bach’s 48 preludes and fugues as the “Old Testament” and Beethoven’s piano sonatas as the “New Testament” of music (he believed in both), and it is rare to have the opportunity to hear such a significant set of these foundational works. Instead of proceeding chromatically as published, Alard has re-ordered the prelude and fugue pairs, giving a compelling new flow to the music.

Alard will also appear at noon on Friday, December 1 for a special performance on Wanda Landowska’s clavichord.

Preconcert Lecture: “What’s so great about the 48?” by David Plylar, Music Division: 6:30pm, Whittall Pavilion.

J.S. BACH

The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869

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