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Sonata No. 2 for Two Harpsichords is here!

It has been over 20 years since I wrote the Sonata for Two Harpsichords. Since then it has been performed with great success both in the United States and in Europe. Frankly, I never thought I’d write another duo, but . . . here it is, commissioned by Aliénor for Elaine Funaro, who has been a tireless proponent of my harpsichord works over the years.

Here are some 30-second excerpts of the three movements. I think you’ll agree that it’s very much in the style and spirit of the earlier sonatas. The score and parts are available by going to the Buy Sheet Music store on the home page of this website.

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Dancers 2

dancers 2 w:Ed latest

Dancers 2

Dancers 2

Dancers 2 is a complementary painting to the first Dancers I did last year — and which I posted on this blog. They are both acrylic on canvas, and are 24 x 30 in size. The image needs to be looked at for a while, since there are both black and white dancers, depending on what your eye catches.

I’m sitting in my studio (in front of the DK10 electronic drum set). On the left is Dancers 1. They make a nice pair, but I’ve gotta move them to a better wall!

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Harpsichordist Intensity

Jory Vinikour at Harpsichord

Jory Vinikour Performs the 3rd Movement of Sonata No. 1

A  debut recording by Jory Vinikour for Sono Luminus, the complete harpsichord works of Jean-Philippe Rameau, was nominated for a Grammy® award, in the category of Best Classical Solo Instrumental Recording in 2012.

Listen to the 3rd movement of Sonata No. 1 and notice how vibrant this performance is!

(University of California in Sacramento, 2010)

This selection is courtesy of the author and used by permission.

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New painting—”Dancers”

In my sketchbook was an ink drawing that had been on my mind for a  long time . . . so finally decided recently to enlarge it on canvas. I used the old-fashioned grid technique, which involves transferring the image one square at a time, until the entire image is redrawn.

The first photo shows the brother of a student holding up a scan of the original image, and the larger image already drawn in on canvas.

Dancers (lines only)

Dancers (lines only)

The next photo shows my student Gianna holding the completed work:

Dancers (completed)

Dancers (completed)

If you look at the piece as white on black, you see white dancers, but . . . if you look at the piece as black on white, you see black dancers. They are interlocked. A bit of an optical illusion!

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