Judith Conrad, Clavichordist

Organist, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kingston, Rhode Island
Pianist and Harpsichordist -- Chopin 200th birthday commemorative recitals in Boston and Fall River in the spring, upcoming programs of Pachelbel's domestic music and the astonishing keyboard music of Baroque Valencia.
Piano and harpsichord tuner and technician -- specialising in historical tunings
Founder-Director of the Fall River Fipple Fluters, an amateur recorder-playing group, and the Delight Consort, a professional Renaissance and Early Baroque ensemble

Cabaniilles Passacalle III

Valencia Cathedral Altar -- Where Cabanilles' Boys Danced

Renaissance bass recorder by Alec Loretto

"The Muenchkin"! Copy of the Anonymous c. 1590 clavichord in the Deutsches Museum Munich. Completed 2006! Tuned in quarter-comma meantone with split d-shap/ e-flat in all octaves.

Muenchkin at home

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the Fall River Fipple Fluters
at the Fall River Public Library

The Delight Consort, founded in 1992 to commemorate the quincentenary of Columbus' 'Discovery' of America with some real period music and intelligent commentary, sings and plays music of the 14th through tthe 18th centuries on recorders, cornetts, sackbutt, cello, viola, harpsichord, organ and harp. In 2003 it performed music of Thomas D'Urfey in honor of the 200th birthday of Fall River, MA, founded by Durfees.

cornett and sackbutt


The clavichord is the most expressive keyboard instrument ever created. It is the premier instrument for expressing your innermost feelings, for yourself. Pascal, in his Pensees, suggests that 'All the troubles of the world come from being unable to sit alone in a quiet room'; Pascal should have owned a clavichord. It is also the instrument that speaks at the meditative volume level of quiet conversation, among people who know each other well and care about each others' feelings and opinions.


I especially like to play fretted clavichords; they are the instrument that was the premier at-home instrument for four centuries or so in the Western World. The unfretted clavichord of the 18th century is lovely, there is none lovelier for Mozart or CPE Bach or the wonderful composers of the Bohemian 18th century; but it was a rather short-lived instrument, of importance for perhaps 60 years, mainly in north-central Europe. It is softer than the older instrument and perhaps almost created as a protest as the world got noisier and less connected.


Triple-Fretted Clavichord by Andreas Hermert after the Jerzy Wojcek 1688 Swedish clavichord

Clavichord by Owen Daly after Wroclaw Monastery instructions c. 1470

keyed monochord, built by me


The Delight Consort 20th Anniversary Concert Music from the Age of Columbus Judith Conrad, Director, Harpsichord, Sackbutt, Recorder Paul Ukleja, Cornett, Recorder, Tinwhistle Otto Guzman, Cello, Cornett, Recorder, Trombone Frank Fitzpatrick, Recorder, Sackbutt Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM St. Luke's Episcopal Church 315 Warren Street Fall River MA Admission free, donations will be taken to benefit the Crossroads Springs Institute , a school for AIDS orphans in Kenya The Delight Consort was founded 20 years ago to give concerts celebrating the 500th anniversary of Columbus' First Voyage of Discovery. Twenty years later we are revisiting this rich lode of music, with another concert for Columbus. Judith Conrad is music director at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Kingston, RI, where she gives a series of early music concerts includiong an annual Messiah sing in early January and a small-scale version of the Bach Mattaeus Passion on Good Friday. A graduate of Harvard University, she studied piano with Theodore Lettvin in Boston, and also studied with Freeman Koberstein at Oberlin Conservatory. Program: Lamento di Tristano/La Rotta anonymous Italian 14th century The Lamento depicts the lament of Tristan, from popular medieval legend about Tristan et Iseult. It is followed by La Rotta - medieval round dance, which is, basically an inverted and motivated Lamento. Juan Vásquez (or Vázquez, c. 1500, Badajoz - c. 1560, Seville) Canticum Zachariae; De Los Alamos Vengo, Madre; En la Fuente del Rosel ¿Quando Quando?; Salga la luna Keyboard – Passa-e-mezzo i Saltarello, Ballo ditto il Picchi, Paduana ditta la Ongara Giovanni Picchi (c. 1600) Music from the Cancionero de Palacio Ayque non hay; De la Dulce mi-enemiga; Virgen Benedita sin Par; Din di rin din Passame per dios barquero; In te Domino Speravi Josquin compiled at court from the mid-1470s until the beginning of the 16th century, approximately coinciding with the reign of the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella. Intermission Handel Water Music 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 17 July 1717 for King George I who requested a concert on the River Thames. The concert was performed by 50 musicians playing on a barge. Largo from Xerxes Handel Keyboard – Enamorando a la Luna J. A. Barradas-Romero (1992) Salve Regina Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500 – between September 4 and October 7, 1553) The Spanish theorist Juan Bermudo declared him “the light of Spain in music”, while in 1559, a Mexican choir – Spanish polyphony in particular was quick to reach the New World – sang his music at a service commemorating the death of Charles V the previous year. Closing 1492/tarentella The Peaceful Western Wind Thomas Campion for further information call 508-674-6128 or email judithconrad@mindspring.com










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