Although stereotyped as an unmusical machine only fit for The Addams Family, the harpsichord is the most expressive and subtle of musical instruments. It has a unique and beautiful repertoire, and a very special and distinctive playing style. In this session, Dr. Guy Whatley will demonstrate the stunning music written for the harpsichord, and the astonishing techniques needed to bring it to life in the twenty-first century. We will also explore the societies and intriguing personalities connected to the harpsichord’s history, and we will come full circle and see how the harpsichord is a vibrant and living instrument today.
Welsh harpsichordist, Dr. Guy Whatley, has held many music and education positions and serves as a visiting expert. He performs thirteenth to present day music internationally. Guy has special interest in medieval keyboard music, the keyboard music of William Byrd, the music of J. S. Bach, late romantic German organ music, and contemporary organ and harpsichord music. He has commissioned and premiered many new works, working with distinguished composers. He is a member of the teaching faculty at Arizona State University, and serves various arts and early music organizations across the southwest. Guy Whatley is also the harpsichordist for the Grammy nominated True Concord.