Visiting Professor to Play Organ Recital May 1

April 29, 1997

Kasei Furusawa, visiting exchange professor in Baylor University's School of Music, will present a faculty organ recital at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the McCrary Music Building's Markham Organ Studio.

Furusawa is professor of sacred music and organist/choirmaster at Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan. Author of numerous published articles on music history, his primary interests are in the fields of "English Church Music from the Medieval Age to the Restoration" and "Early Organ Music in Europe." He was educated at Seinan Gakuin University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Royal School of Church Music, King's College, London and Cambridge University.

The recital program will open with music from the baroque period - Dietrich Buxtehude's "Praeludium in G Minor," Georg Böhm's "Vater unser in Himmelreich" ("Our Father, Which Art in Heaven") and four pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach. The Bach works will include his "Praeludium in E-flat Major," the "Fugue in E-flat Major," "An Wasserflüssen Babylon" ("By the Waters of Babylon") and "Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit" ("Before Thy Throne I Now Appear").

Dr. Furusawa will then turn to some late organ music of Johannes Brahms - three pieces from the German composer's Opus 122. He will play "Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen" ("Behold, a Rose Is Blooming"), "Herzlich tut mich verlangen" ("My Heart Is Ever Yearning") and "O Welt, ich muss dich lassen" ("O World, I Must Now Leave Thee").

The concluding work will be the Toccata "Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren" ("Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation") by 20th-century composer Hans Friedrich Micheelsen.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 755-3991.

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