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Princeton Harpsichordist GAVIN BLACK to Play at Smithfield Church

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Mon Jun 5th, 2017

Smithfield Church

Smithfield Presbyterian Church at 656 Smithfield Valley Rd (Route 83)in Amenia, NY, is proud to announce a recital by renowned harpsichordist, Gavin Black, on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

Mr. Black is director of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center and is best known for his recordings of 17th-century keyboard music on the PGM label.  He will be bringing two instruments for this special event, to educate the audience on their different tonalities and histories:  a traditional 17th century Italian one-manual instrument, and a modern two-manual harpsichord built in 1978 by American instrument-maker Keith Hill.

The program will include works by Frescobaldi, Froberger, Buxtehude, Bach, and others.  Come and hear the exquisite sounds of the harpsichord, played by a master, in the beautiful setting of Smithfield Church.

Gavin Black is founder and Director of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center in Princeton, New Jersey, where he teaches harpsichord, clavichord, organ, and continuo playing. He also taught at Westminster Conservatory of Music from 1985 to 2003 and at Westminster Choir College from 1995 to 2000. He is an active recitalist on Baroque keyboard instruments, and has recorded on organ and on harpsichord for PGM, Centaur, and MHS. His recordings include music of Sweelinck, Froberger, Pachelbel, Buxtehude, and others, as well as J. S. Bach's The Art of the Fugue with colleague George Hazelrigg in a version for two harpsichords. Gavin has performed the complete organ music of J. S. Bach on the Fisk organ at Westminster Choir College. In addition to his focus on keyboard repertoire between 1500 and 1750, he has also specialized in the music of the twentieth century American blind composer Moondog (Louis Hardin), with whom he collaborated during the last twenty years of the composer's life. (Phillip Glass speaks of working with Moondog in his memoir Words Without Music.)

Gavin studied organ and harpsichord with Wendell Piehler, Paul Jordan, and Eugene Roan, piano with Lillian Silva, Lois Lounsbury, and Paul Klein, and conducting with Jahja Ling and Otto-Werner Mueller.

Gavin writes a regular monthly column “On Teaching” for the organ magazine The Diapason. Topics have included pedal playing, registration, practice techniques, tuning and temperament, and much more. He is currently at work on an organ method, which was partially serialized in The Diapason.

There is a suggested donation of ten to twenty for benefit of the Smithfield Church Restoration Fund.  A reception where attendees can meet the performer will follow.

A YouTube audio of Black playing appears below.