Ausra and I have been sitting at home and practicing on our MIDI keyboard using Hauptwerk VPO. Some of our subscribers have already heard the recordings. Ausra is going through entire Clavierubung I (chorales) by Johann Ludwig Krebs and I - yesterday finished Clavierubung II (suite). Today I started Clavierubung III (Sonatinas). It's a delightful pre-classical music!
Of course, it's very sad to listen to the news about the deaths of Coronavirus in the world. We hope that the peak of the pandemic will be reached soon and that the cases and deaths will start to decline. It's so important at this time to observe proper social distancing and personal hygiene.
Talking about social distancing, just about the only thing we do outside is to go for a walk in the woods and avoid places where more people go. When I went to the grocery store, on Monday morning I wore protective glasses, gloves and face mask. Soon after I returned, a currier delivered a large parcel with Viscount MIDI pedalboard from Thomann, a music store from Germany. We are still waiting for the organ bench to arrive.
After these packages will be cleared from quarantine in our Pinky and Spiky cabin, I'll be unboxing them and setting up our Hauptwerk in the organ room. Hopefully you will hear more pedal music and even organ duets soon. Stay tuned...
I hope you and your loved ones are safe. How do you spend your quarantine as an organist? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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