Before there came to be a piano in nearly every household and concert hall, the harpsichord reigned as the supreme keyboard instrument during the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Get up close and personal with this fascinating instrument and its unique structure, sound, and expressivity through the eyes of Chicago-based harpsichordist Jason J. Moy.
Credits: Brian Wong, Sergio Salgado, Taras Berezowsky, videography and production. Recorded at Nichols Concert Hall, Evanston, Illinois.
Handel: Suite in D Minor
This excerpt from the Suite in D Minor, HWV 428 by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) was recorded live during my solo recital on the DePaul University School of Music's Faculty Artist Series. The instrument is a double manual harpsichord made by Richard Kingston (1987, after Northern European models), with exquisite chinoiserie decoration by Pamela Gladding.
Credit: Michael Sportiello, sound editing. Recorded live at Allen Recital Hall, Holtschneider Performance Center, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois.
My period instrument ensemble, Trio Speranza (with Anna Griffis, violin; Cora Swenson Lee, cello) won the 2014 Presentation Prize in Early Music America's Baroque Performance Competition, held in October 2014 at the University of Chicago. In this video from the Finals, we are performing an air de cour, "Vos mepris chaque jour", by Michel Lambert (1610-1696).
Credit: Dan Nichols, videographer. Courtesy of Early Music America. Recorded live at the Logan Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago, Illinois.
Here are a few examples of my work. I’ve had such joy working with the most amazing musicians and people in the past few years...I hope you will enjoy listening to them as much as I have. All audio excerpts are from live recordings and remain the sole property of the performer; no unauthorized use permitted.