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.
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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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