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Thursday, May 25, 2006

John Sankey - Harpsichordist to the Internet

I've had the enormous pleasure over the years of listening to John Sankey's midi renderings of Bach and Scarlatti. There is also the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book for those that like their Grounds and Pavans, but I'm a confirmed Baroque nut, so I'll stick to the music of the post 1720's.

Sankey has done virtually all of the Bach harpsichord music. The Well Tempered, the 3 sets of Suites, the Goldbergs, the Tocattas, Duets, it's an embarrassment of Riches. My musical education was confirmed with the fifteen 2-part Inventions, and they're performed wonderfully here as well.

I've often spoken about the gift of Music, and the Gift of Musicians in speaking to the world. Their's is a voice that carries the message of Harmony, Proportion, Balance, Planning, and Reason. And for those that gift their music to the Public Domain, additional kudos accrue - they follow the footsteps of J S Bach in doing God's work, the better to glorify Him.

For those who have ambushed John Sankey on his Journey, woe to you, the Truth will out, for a man is known by his Deeds. Until then, enjoy all 555 of the Scarlatti Sonatas, an epic in composition, and a monumental effort in performance. Here.