John Bull was one of the most successful keyboardists of his day, and a prolific composer whose compositions appeared in the seminal Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. He also wrote sacred music and was organist at Hereford Cathedral. John Bull may have also been a spy (!) for Queen Elizabeth, though this may never be proven (maybe he was a really good spy).
In our Featured Album, Basically Bull, Alan Feinberg presents the less-covert music of John Bull and his Elizabethan peers: William Byrd, Thomas Tomkins, Orlando Gibbons, John Blitheman and John Redford.
Violinist Chris Robinson is a Louisvillian and student at the College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to being a full-time student, he’s starting a chamber music series called Giovani Vecchi.”Chris was in town promoting his series, and will perform with David Taustine on July 26th at the St. Francis in the Fields Church, in Prospect. Chris and David stopped by to give us a preview of the concert series, with movements of Brahms and Mozart sonatas, and an arrangement of a Chopin Nocturne by Nathan Milstein.
Pianist Jeffrey Biegel has assembled a full album of romantic piano music, written by composers who knew the piano intimately. We’re featuring Grand Romance all week, and you’ll get a chance to win a copy. The contest is closed. We’ll announce the winners on air Thursday, June 13th at 2pm.
Pianist Van Cliburn has passed away at the age of 78. In 1958 he came to prominence for his win at the first Tchaikovsky International Competition. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, he moved to Kilgore, Texas as a young child, and in the 1980s moved from New York City to Fort Worth. Here are remembrances in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Dallas News.