Harpsichord music on the Soundboard record label

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All my recordings prior to 2018 are available for download, track by track, from the usual media outlets.

However, the most recent releases are only available as CDs, as the sound quality is far more realistic and therefore more enjoyable. Also, I take great care in the preparation of informative booklet notes. (The notes for Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier have prompted high praise in their own right.) CDs also make an attractive and durable gift!

Soundboard records catalogue

 

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Books One and Two of J S Bach’s The Well-tempered Clavier)
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Sheet Music

Two pieces which I commissioned from the English composer Liz Lane are now available to download:

Tactus, a fantasia for harpsichord (2010)

sheet music of Liz Lane Tactus

A meeting with Colin in the summer of 2008 resulted in a decision to write a piece of around 6-7 minutes, starting at a fairly free, slow tempo and evolving into something more upbeat; the work would complement, and contrast with, the mostly traditional repertoire of his performance programmes.

The subtitle, A fantasia for harpsichord, is inspired by the sectional structure, similar to that of 16th and 17th century fantasias with their free improvisatory elements; however, in this piece, each section’s motifs evolve throughout whilst the tempo is underpinned by a steady pulse. It is this which gives the piece its title, Tactus.

 

Duration: 6-7 minutes

 

pdf download, price £7

Diamond Fantasia

sheet music of Liz Lane Tactus

 

 

I was delighted to share Colin’s YouTube video performance of Diamond Fantasia, the companion piece to Tactus, on Facebook, and to see so many enthusiastic responses to the music and this exquisite but not widely known instrument.

Liz Lane, June 2020

 

YouTube video

 

Duration: 5 minutes

 

 

pdf download, price £7

My own arrangement of Bach’s Chaconne in D minor

from the original chaconne for violin.

sheet music of Chaconne
					arranged for harpsichord

Many of today’s leading harpsichordists have made their own arrangements of this mighty piece (the concluding movement of Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin). I first heard such a performance when given by Gustav Leonhardt in 1986. The harpsichord is particularly effective in conveying its mood and stature, and it presents the player with a single movement more than ten minutes long, which is a rarity in the harpsichord repertoire.

It can be heard in its entirety on the CD Bach by Arrangement and also - transposed down to the more sombre key of A minor - on Dark Harpsichord Music, (see CDs above).

Here are the first few bars:

 

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