Bach at St Cecilia's Hall 1976

Saturday, June 12, 1976
8.30 pm.
1976 season, 7th concert

Seventh of a series of seven concerts entitled 'Bach at St Cecilia's Hall', given mostly at St Cecilia's Hall in the summer of 1976.


Michael Chibbett - harpsichord
Peter Williams - harpsichord

Work(s) / Composer(s) / Opus No(s): 

Clavierübung II (published 1735)

Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971 ... J. S. Bach

French Ouverture in B minor, BWV 831 ... J. S. Bach
     Ouverture (prelude and fugue)
     Gavottes I and II
     Passepieds I and II
     Bourrées I and II


Adagio in G major, BWV 968 ... J. S. Bach
     Arrangement (by J. S. Bach?) of the first movement of the violin sonata in C, BWV 1005

Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903 ... J. S. Bach

Concerto in C major for two harpsichords, BWV 1061 ... J. S. Bach
      Allegro (fuga)

12-page booklet on grey paper outlining all seven concerts
Programme Notes: 

There are no programme notes.

Ticket and/or Programme Price(s): 
Tickets 75p, (Season ticket for any 6 concerts, £4), Supper ticket 75p
Publicity and Reviews: 

Publicity posters in two sizes on grey paper with orange print, outlining all seven concerts with details of ticket prices.  Tickets on sale at the Edinburgh Bookshop, George Street, Edinburgh.
Several advertisements in the press in advance of the series (1 May 1976) and in advance of each concert.  Review in The Scotsman, 14 June 1976.

Programme is in the form of a brochure with details of all seven concerts.

On p.10 of the brochure there is a list of lectures given in support and in advance of the concerts at 7pm as follows: Edward Harper, 'The Piano Music of Bartok' (30 May), Hans Gal, 'The Violin/Harpsichord Concertos' (5 June), and Michael Chibbett, 'French and Italian Elements in Bach' (12 June). There is also an advert for a recording of the harpsichord used on 5 and 6 June, and a note of some of the items to be performed at the 'Bach at St Cecilia's Hall 1977' series.

[Reid] Professor: 
The Summerhall Press Limited, 12a West Newington Place, Edinburgh

A lecture on the programme "French and Italian elements in Bach" was given by Michael Chibbett at 7 pm in the Laigh Room (a room on the ground floor immediately below the concert room).   The lecture was followed by a buffet supper with wine at 7.45 pm  Tickets for the buffet supper, 75p.

During the interval of the concert coffee and biscuits on sale in the Laigh Room by kind assistance of the Friends of St Cecilia's Hall


The two harpsichords used in the concert were the 1755 Jacob Kirckman and the 1769 Pascal Taskin; the pitch was a1=415Hz.  
The French harpsichord has been recently restored and is being heard for the first time at the concerts on 29 May and 12 June; work on it includes a cleaning of the floral decorations on the soundbord.
Harpsichord maintenance by John Barnes and Grant O'Brien.