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John Koster Marks Antonio de Cabezón's 500th Birthday

John Koster

John Koster, NMM Conservator and Professor of Music, is participating in several projects marking the 500th anniversary of the birth of the great Spanish Renaissance organist and composer Antonio de Cabezón (1510-1566). For the C@BEZON500 project organized by the Festival Internacional de Música de Tecla Española (FIMTE) to make recordings of Cabezónís complete oeuvre available online, Koster recorded two works on the NMMís harpsichord by Giacomo Ridolfi (NMM 4657). These selections can be heard through the following links:

Kosterís recording of the Diferencias is the first to include his restoration of eight measures, a repeat inadvertently omitted from the original source and missing in modern editions. For additional information about the C@BEZON500 project, go to:

Professor Koster is also serving as a co-chair of FIMTEís tenth International Symposium on Spanish Keyboard Music "Diego Fernández," the theme of which, in this Cabezón anniversary year, is "Keyboard Music and Instruments in the Spanish Empire (16th-17th centuries)." At this symposium, to be held in October in Mojácar (AlmerŪa, Spain), Koster will present a paper, "Another Look at Semitone Problems in the Age of Cabezón: the Instrumental Perspective."

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