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Last Week's Question

Question: What was the name of the French virtuoso who supposedly ran from a keyboard duel with Bach?

Answer: Louis Marchand

Prize details: Bach in Montecassino: Keyboard music by JS Bach. Luca Guglielmi performs on the organ in Chiesa di San Nicolao, which was built by Michele Ramasco (1749) and Giovanni & Giacinto Bruna (1802), and restored by Italo Marzi & Sons in 1999-2000. JS Bach is considered one of the greatest musicians in western classical music, and this reputation extends to his abilities as an organist. A famous anecdote about young Bach tells how he walked over 200 miles in the winter in order to hear Buxtehude play the organ. An equally famous anecdote details how he was supposed to play in a keyboard-playing ‘competition’ against a French virtuoso; when the Frenchman heard Bach warming up, he fled in certainty of defeat (sadly, no conclusive proof exists to back up this story). JS Bach’s mental discipline and determination were already evident in his teens; this discipline and dedication made him the almost inarguably greatest baroque contrapuntalist; he is famous for his fugues. The prize CD includes several organ fugues, fantasias and Chorale preludes, all based on choral tunes or similar sacred music.

Köhler cites Bach’s response to praise for his organ performance: “There is really nothing to marvel at in this. All one has to do is play the right notes at the right time and the instrument plays itself.”

Luca Guglielmi studied under masters including Ton Koopman and Eros Cassardo; at the age of twenty, he was invited to play with Hesperion XX, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations, and has regularly played with Rolf Lislevand. He is also a successful conductor.

Bach in Montecassino, Keyboard music
Luca Guglielmi (org)
(VIVAT Vivat 108)

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