My harpsichord program for tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Grotto Chapel of the Church of Notre Dame, Morningside Drive at 114th Street in Manhattan:

William Byrd (1549–1623)
Galliard (FVB 164)
Fantasia (FVB 52)
Alman (FVB 163)

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621)
Toccata (Mixolydian)

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583–1643)
Canzona seconda (from Il secondo libro)

Bernardo Pasquini (1637–1710)
Partite diverse di Folia

Louis-Claude Daquin (1694–1772)
Rondeau: Le Coucou

Louis Couperin (c. 1626–1661)
Chaconne in G Minor

François Couperin (1668–1733)
Le Troisième Acte
(from Les Fastes de la grande et ancienne Menestrandise)

Johann Pachelbel (1653–1706)
Ciacona in F Minor

Dietrich Buxtehude (c.1637–1707)
Canzona in G, BuxWV 170

J.S. Bach (1685–1750)
Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913

Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757)
Sonata in D Minor (K. 517)

“I had an awful seconda donna for my opera, Ciro in Babilonia. Besides being hideously ugly, she had the most wretched voice. After trying it with the utmost care I discovered that she possessed one single good note. So I wrote an aria for her in which she had nothing but this note to sing. All the rest I put into the orchestra, and as it was liked and applauded, my singer of the one note was delighted with her triumph.” — Gioachino Rossini

(Hat-tip to an anonymous poster on

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