September 14 - State College - Goldberg Variations / by Nathan Carterette

 The piano is trapped in the corner

The piano is trapped in the corner

St Andrew's Episcopal was the site of the Goldberg Variations. Sadly the Yamaha is trapped in the transept, but the acoustics of this church are superb for piano, unlike many other big liturgical churches, and who knows, maybe it sounded better from there projected from the lower ceiling. Bach would have been able to tell us. according to his son CPE, Bach was an expert on church acoustics, and as organ consultant could tell a church where best to install this or that set of pipes. The Nekrolog, or obituary, is still one of my favorite music-historic reads, for the insight into the real character of Bach. very little exists in his own words..

 Walter Wells was my excellent host at St Andrew's

Walter Wells was my excellent host at St Andrew's

 Steven Smith, retired piano faculty from Penn State, was at the concert. he recently recorded the entire Beethoven sonatas and major variations

Steven Smith, retired piano faculty from Penn State, was at the concert. he recently recorded the entire Beethoven sonatas and major variations