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Edward Aldwell, piano

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    American pianist, music theorist and pedagogue Edward Aldwell was born in Portland, Oregon in 1938. Particularly renowned for his Bach interpretations, he recorded several works, most notably the complete Well-Tempered Clavier, for the Nonesuch label.

    Mr. Aldwell taught at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. As a theorist, he was an expert in Schenkerian analysis–a method that delves into a work's underlying structures –and he was the co-author (with Carl Schachter) of one of the standard theory textbooks used throughout the United States, Harmony and Voice Leading (first published in 1979). He died in 2006.

    "One felt not just an understanding of Bach's complex workmanship but a passionate, communicative love for it. Intellectual control and analytical thought were everywhere — in the dynamic balance between different voices, in the definition of where phrases began and ended, in the thoughtful application of legato and staccato to explain their inner shapes."

    -New York Times

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    Edward Aldwell, piano

    Date: Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 3:00 PM

    Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Bach: Prelude in G Major, BWV 902
    Bach: English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811
    Bach: Sinfonias, BWV 787­801
    Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E-­flat Major, from Clavier-íœbung III, BWV 552

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    Edward Aldwell, piano

    Date: Monday, November 24, 2003 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, BWV 870-­893 [Selections]

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    Edward Aldwell, piano

    Date: Sunday, November 3, 2002 - 3:00 PM

    Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Bach: English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810
    Bach: Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971
    Bach: Preludes and Fugues, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 861-­69

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    Edward Aldwell, piano

    Date: Sunday, December 9, 2001 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Bach: English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809
    Bach: Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, BWV 870­-893 [Selections]
    Bach: Chorale Preludes from Clavier-íœbung, Book III [Selections]

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    Edward Aldwell, piano

    Date: Thursday, October 26, 2000 - 3:00 PM

    Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Bach: Overture in the French Manner, BWV 831
    Bach: Aria with Thirty Variations, BWV 988, “Goldberg Variations”

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    Edward Aldwell, piano

    Date: Tuesday, April 30, 1996 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

    Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 846­869

    San Francisco Chronicle

    “Not only a charm, but a sensation. No one who heard him will ever forget it.”

    New York Times

    “One felt not just an understanding of Bach's complex workmanship but a passionate, communicative love for it. Intellectual control and analytical thought were everywhere — in the dynamic balance between different voices, in the definition of where phrases began and ended, in the thoughtful application of legato and staccato to explain their inner shapes.”

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