|Somewhat surprisingly, I found myself at a harpsichord concert on Sunday afternoon, having been invited by my blog-friend Tiff. I am SO glad I took her up on the offer!! Just look at that fabulous instrument! It was absolutely beautiful ~ hand painted by North Carolina artist Lisa Creed, built by Richard Kingston and played so proficiently by Elaine Funaro Love.|
|This Baroque-style harpsichord was also onstage and played wonderfully by Beverly Biggs, of Chapel Hill, who specializes in period music of the late Baroque, Classical and Early Romantic eras.|
Seen here are Lisa Creed, the artist and Andrea Love, an animator, who made an eight minute video animation about the genesis, design, building and painting of Opus #333, called "Birth of a Harpsichord." Andrea is the daughter of Elaine Funaro Love. She is standing beside her set for the video animation, which was informative and funny.
Baroque music has never been a favorite of mine; I call it "constipated" music, since it seems as if they are so very reserved and proper and you know all they really wanted to do is cut loose and boogie (as I imagine Marie Antoinette did...lol)
Elaine Funaro Love is Artistic Director of a group called Alienor, which provides commissions, competitions and concerts concerning harpsichords. They sponsor composer competitions every four years for new harpsichord music. In this concert, they alternated Baroque music with some of the newer compositions and I was so impressed! They were beautiful, exciting, quite rhythmic and I loved all of them!
The tone of the new instrument is so rich, particularly in the lower range. It reminded me of the response I have to alto saxophone and oboe; for me, the sound is very sexy! Do follow this link -
Alienor - and read about the instrument and the people who made it. And if you ever have the opportunity to see and hear this remarkable harpsichord, you will be lucky!
A funny thing happened, proving that it is (as we all know) a small world. I met a woman whose distinctive name I have only heard one other time in my life. I asked her if she was related to the someone I once knew with that name - and she is his third cousin. She was born in my home town, too. Her cousin is rather well known; having been the governor of West Virginia a while back. I went to middle school with him, and I have not spoken to him since I was a senior in high school, although I saw him at Tamarack a few years ago.