Although Thomas Preston’s “Uppon La Mi Re” is one of the earliest surviving piec…


Although Thomas Preston’s “Uppon La Mi Re” is one of the earliest surviving pieces of English organ music, it sounds stunningly modern. Against a repeating pattern of just three notes in the left hand (“la, mi, re” in solfège terminology), Preston weaves a deceptively ingenious melody in the right hand, which seems to be completely independent of the left hand’s rhythm. Tune in tonight at 6 to hear Associate Director of Music Raymond Nagem play this piece, alongside music of Johann Bernhard Bach, Zachary Wadsworth, and Franz Liszt. Performance will stream live for free on our Facebook, YouTube, and website.

 


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