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New solo CD 'Dialogue' by ACPA alumna Kathryn Cok

ACPA alumna Kathryn Cok recently released a new solo CD Dialogue, showcasing repertoire by Buxtehude and J.S. Bach, performed on the harpsichord.

Dialogue highlights the interconnectedness of the two composers on this CD: Buxtehude’s influence is strongly present in Bach’s early compositions for keyboard and is very much the driving force behind my repertoire choices for this recording. By connecting the well-known with the less familiar pieces by these two composers, I aim for a musical dialogue over time without the use of any words, but through employing the sublime color palette available on the harpsichord, as well as rhetorical gesture, timing, and harmonic awareness.  Both composers are strong communicators, employing vibrant harmonic colors, chromaticism, melodic passagework, and remarkable virtuosity as a means of conveying their musical messages. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) - two masterful composers who have elevated the art of writing for the keyboard.

Dialogue is available from DMP records.

Kathryn Cok

Kathryn teaches at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague where she is also Head of Master Research. An active researcher, she regularly gives lectures about her research, and contributes to music related magazines and journals such as Harpsichord and Fortepiano magazine, Tijdschrift Oude Muziek, and Early Music America. In 2011 Kathryn graduated on her PhD thesis Basso continuo sources from the Dutch Republic c. 1620-c. 1790 at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA)/ Leiden University.

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