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Dear Friends,

From now on I’ll be writing this weekly article, to keep in touch with everyone and offer some thoughts on music.

Recent events have changed the way we must do certain things, and adapting to adverse circumstances can be very challenging, I must admit. I take comfort though in knowing that we’re all in this together, and I’m very grateful to be part of Saint Mary’s community, especially in these uncertain times.

I’m very much looking forward to the day when we can reconvene in person. Until then, we must all do our best to adapt. Part of my adaptation, interestingly enough, includes playing organ music on the piano.

One of the things I love most about playing the organ is that my feet do half the work for me. Now that I’m broadcasting from my apartment, my fingers have to pick up the slack. So my hands are a little busier now, but I’m grateful for the workout. It’s good for my technique, and it forces me to think about the music in new and different ways.

For this Sunday’s prelude I’ll be playing a fugue by George Frederic Handel, which was originally written for pedal-organ. I miss my feet already! The structure of a fugue is somewhat regimented at its beginning, but becomes quite flexible as the piece develops. I like this sense of balance and flexibility in its form. I chose this particular fugue for its drive and clarity of line, and also because I could successfully adapt it for the piano.

Hoping that everyone is well, and I’m wishing you all the best with your adaptations!


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