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Curtis “Fjord” Hawthorne
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I recorded a new organ video! It's got a really fun pedal solo at the beginning. I got to play it at a recital last week in celebration of Bach's birthday (also my first non-student recital!).

https://youtu.be/L5PF4VbU-e8

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Just finished my first original organ composition! It's a trumpet voluntary in a modern setting. I'm particularly proud of the last page or so, where there's a dialog between the pedals and manuals and then it builds to a dramatic finale.

Thanks to +Sarah Hawthorne for doing the video and audio recording!

Sheet music is available here: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/20369895

https://youtu.be/9Q_hyqU7rJk

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Made another organ video! This one is a chorale prelude on the tune to "Old 100th" ("Praise God, from Whom all Blessing Flow"). You can hear the familiar tune played in the pedals.

Thanks to +Sarah Hawthorne for doing the video and audio recording!

https://youtu.be/Ok-qdh0qP58

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Here's the second piece I played at my last recital in March: "Jesus Christus unser Heiland, der von uns den Zorn Gottes wand" by Georg Friedrich Kauffmann.

I'm particularly excited about this piece not only because it's achingly beautiful but also because as far as I've been able to find, this is only the second widely-available recording of it.

Thanks to +Sarah Hawthorne for doing the video and audio recording, and thanks to +Emily Macway for finding the sheet music for me at UC Davis!

https://youtu.be/AR0p4SQyKCI

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Here's the first piece I played at my last recital in March: Prelude and Fugue in A minor by Bach (BWV 559).

Thanks to +Sarah Hawthorne for all the camera help!

https://youtu.be/YIXTuWvInsQ

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I finally got around to making a new organ recording! It's "Trumpet Voluntary in D" by Jeremiah Clarke.

Thanks to +Sarah Hawthorne​ for all the camera and editing help!

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The Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Choir (in which I sing tenor and +Sarah Macway sings soprano) has its Spring Concert this Sunday, and you're invited!

The concert will open with Mozart's Requiem. Every time we've practiced this piece, I've been in awe of just how good the music is. The Requiem is full of power, agony, pleading, and hope. It's been stuck in my head basically continually since the first rehearsal. I think it's going to be one of the best concerts in years. We've had quite a few people join just for this concert: there will be about 60 people in the choir and about 25 people in the orchestra.

If you have time, I recommend watching the movie Amadeus before the concert for an entertaining (though not super accurate) portrayal of the time leading up to the Requiem's composition.

Up next is "Spirit Suite" by Mark Hayes. This is great arrangement of several spirituals. I'm particularly looking forward to the super dramatic closer, "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel," and will do my very best not to break out the jazz hands at the end. :-)

To end the concert, we'll be singing an arrangement of "Let There Be Peace on Earth." 2015 Marks the 60th Anniversary of this composition, and this peace has been sung as the Benediction at Sunnyvale Presbyterian for decades, so what better way to end the program!

Hope to see you there!

When: Sunday, 3/22, 7:00 p.m.
Where: SVPC sanctuary

No tickets or anything, just a free will offering.

http://svpc.us/sermons/choir_concert.php

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Really loving this album today. The Chorale No. 1 in E in particular. So dramatic on this recording by Olivier Latry!

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The Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Choir (in which I sing tenor) has its Christmas Concert this Sunday, and you're invited! Also, you won't want to miss +Sarah Macway making her choir concert debut in the soprano section!

The concert will open with "Magnificat" by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (J.S. Bach's son). It's C.P.E.'s 300th birthday this year, so what better way to celebrate! The choir will be joined by four soloists and a full orchestra. Watch out for the exuberant, make-you-want-to-dance first movement (Magnificat), super dramatic harmonies in the fourth movement (Et misericordia), and the most complicated "Amen" you've probably ever heard for the piece's finale!

Up next is "A Feast of Carols" by Randol Alan Bass. This is a really fun arrangement of several familiar carols. My favorite part is the opening section with "Wassail! Wassail!" (who would have thought we'd be singing about drinking ale in choir!).

And it wouldn't be a Christmas choir concert without an audience sing-along to some more carols (arranged by David Willcocks).

Final bonus: Listen for our pipe organ's newly-installed glockenstern ("bell-star") during the offertory!

Hope to see you there!

When: Sunday, 12/7, 7:00 p.m.
Where: SVPC sanctuary

No tickets or anything, just a free will offering.

http://svpc.us/sermons/choir_concert.php
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