This morning Ausra and I were very saddened by the news that our dear former Professor at University of Nebraska Lincoln, Dr. Quentin Faulkner (1943-2023) passed away a few hours ago. He was a true Bach scholar and his contribution to the world of Bach and organ will be remembered always. He will be dearly missed. May he rest in peace...
In the picture bellow you can see his wife, Dr. Mary Murrell Faulkner and Dr. Quentin Faulkner when they both visited Lithuania in the summer of 2007. Among other places, Ausra and I took them to see the medieval castle of Trakai. We spent a wonderful time together there.
In 2015, when I started Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast conversations with organ experts from around the world, I asked Marry Murrell and Quentin if they would agree to be interviewed about their knowledge of the Bach world. They gladly agreed and they shared their insights and wisdom about the instruments that Bach played or visited, about performance of his music, and what it feels to sit on the same bench that our master composer sat on some 300 years ago.
You can listen to this SOP podcast episode No. 5 here: https://www.organduo.lt/.../mary-murrell-and-quentin...
Thank you so much, dear Dr. Quentin Faulkner for everything you taught us at UNL! Our memories of your optimism, your sense of humor, and encyclopedic knowledge of the Bach world will stay with us for as long as we live. Coming to study in Nebraska was one of the best decisions we made in our lives. Meeting your wonderful colleague Dr. George Ritchie and master craftsman organbuilder Gene Bedient and their families created this friendship which lasts a lifetime.
By Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene (get free updates of new posts here)
We had a harmony lesson with Victoria yesterday in which she told me she's reading Wiser Than Despair by Quentin Faulkner about the evolution of ideas between music and the Christian Church throughout history.
This brought me some amazing memories when Vidas and I were studying at UNL and took this class with Prof. Faulkner about music and the church.
He really is one of world's foremost experts in this field (along with being an excellent Bach scholar).
Here's an excellent idea from this book of why do we sing in church:
Because we cannot remain silent when we encounter the transcendental or the divine and words alone are not enough to express our sense of awe.
So the communities that struggle with singing in church may also struggle with this sense of awe and gratitude.
People who gather to church services because of pure tradition but they don't believe fully of what kind of miracles are taking place, don't want to engage and participate fully in the service and in the singing of hymns from their hearts.
On the first class Prof. Faulkner had us write an essay about how would music liturgy look like in our ideal church service.
It was interesting to explore our worldview of what kind of music should be included in the ideal church service situation, if we were completely limitless.
What would your ideal music in the church situation look like?
By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
Almost exactly a year ago, some of you may remember that I interviewed Dr. Quentin and Dr. Mary Murrell about Bach Organ World Tour in Central Germany they led in 2015 for the Secret of Organ Playing Podcast:
After this interview some of our subscribers already were quite enthusiastic about the next time Quentin and Mary Murrell will lead.
I've just found out this will happen in July 2017!
Ausra and I would also love to able to join Quentin and Mary Murrell on the 2017 tour as they are very dear friends and mentors of ours and the instruments in this part of the world are too important to miss out for the experts and lovers of Bach's organ music alike.
So I thought it's time to remind our subscribers about this next tour now as the deadline for discounted early bird registration is September 1. Here's more information.
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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