The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Pianist Jeffrey Siegel celebrates his 25th anniversary of Keyboard Conversations in Madison, Wisconsin, with “Spellbinding Bach.” | October 15, 2012

REMINDER: On Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in Morphy Recital Hall, bass trombonist Gerry Pagano (below) will give a FREE recital on the Guest Artist Series at the University of Wisconsin School of Music. Joining Pagano will be pianist SeungWha Baek, trombone professor Mark Hetzler and trumpet professor John Aley. The program will feature “Duo for Bass Trombone and Piano” by Jeffrey Miller; “Sonata Rhapsody ‘the Arch'” by James M. Stephenson; “Pastorale for trumpet, bass trombone and piano” by Eric Ewazen, featuring John Aley on trumpet; “Three Preludes for Piano” by Dmitri Shostakovich, featuring Mark Hetlzer on trombone; and works by Vivaldi and J.. Bach.

By Jacob Stockinger

Happy Silver Anniversary!

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel (below) — who for decades has done more than his fair share of building audiences for classical music — will be performing and discussing compositions by J.S. Bach tomorrow night, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in Mills Hall as part of his 25th annual Keyboard Conversations® series in Madison.

The program is all J.S. Bach (below) and includes the  Chorale Prelude “Rejoice, Beloved Christians,” BWV 734; Toccata in D Major, BWV 912; Prelude in B-flat Major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 866; Prelude in B-flat Minor, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 867; and Italian Concerto, BWV 971, as well as the Bach-Busoni Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004.

The program is followed by a Q & A session.

It could be a good chance to ask about the new book “Reinventing Bach” by Paul Elie, which talks about the music of Bach and how it successfully get transplanted to new technology. The Ear posted about it this past weekend. Here is a link:

Tickets are $32 for the general public, and $28 for Union Members, UW Faculty and Staff, and non-UW Students.  This is a family savings event with up to two youth tickets (age 6-18) at only $14 with the purchase of an accompanying adult ticket.  Age is verified at the door. 

University of Wisconsin-Madison students get in for FREE.

For information and tickets, call the Box Office at 608-265-ARTS (2787), fax your order at 608-265-5084, buy online here, or purchase in person at the Campus Arts Ticketing box office in Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave.

Jeffrey Siegel has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as with numerous symphonies and orchestras abroad.

Siegel will play an evening of Bach, providing commentary on the music’s history, its form and structure.  The Los Angeles Times has said that Siegel has “An unusual gift for commentary as well as extraordinary pianism [which] bring Siegel’s audience wholly into the musical experience.”

Keyboard Conversations is designed for novices and experts alike, combining a masterful performance with illuminating commentary.  Here is an example of one of the Keyboard Conversations about one of the world’s most popular and well-known piano pieces,”Fur Elise” by Beethoven:



  1. No Fugues, only two Preludes, the Italian Concerto, which was played by non-Bach person Daniel Del Pino in his Farley’s recital, a transcription, and an adaptation by Busoni. I rest my case.
    Spellbinding Bach is often someone else’s idea of Bach. And, fugues are headache material for players and the audience alike. Counterpoints, anyone?

    Comment by Michael BB — November 1, 2012 @ 9:40 am

  2. many transcriptions; Ever since Stokowski reinvented for orchestra -Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, performers have been doing this sort of thing
    …also TRUE, Organists have been doing the same inversion/conversion (which can come off better when using romantic/symphonic organs)

    However, Mr. Seigel’s research and presentations are wonderful

    Len Sullivanl

    Comment by hi2len — October 15, 2012 @ 5:56 am

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