WFIT Features

Steev Inglish is a singer, guitarist and harmonica player who was born in South London in 1950. He came to Cleveland Ohio in 1985 and has been a fixture on the U.S. blues scene for more that two decades.  His latest album is called Live n’ Kickin’.  It was great to have this bluesman in the perform in the studio with Brother Frank and Father Jay on Saturday Blues.

It's Bach's 331st birthday this Thursday and we celebrate it with two hours of organ works, choral music, suites, and harpsichord and string ensemble music -- barely scratching the surface of the body of work of this central figure in the development of Western music.

We'll have performances by E. Power Biggs, Glenn Gould, Virgil Fox, Gustav Leonhardt and the Collegium Aureum, Martin Galling, and a host of others, including both historically accurate recordings and a couple of interpretations that Bach wouldn't have expected.

Though he spent most of his life  in what we now call eastern Germany, J.S. Bach was very much au courant as to what was going on elsewhere in Europe, studying other styles, tinkering with them, and sometimes trying his own hand at writing music as an English, French, or Italian composer might do it. This week we wrap up a series of Orchestral Suites in which Bach writes in the High Parisian style.

Next we'll look at some Renaissance and Baroque Spanish music for keyboard, then music of Beethoven and Stravinsky.

The Surfonauts "Space Surfers Choice" album, recorded in the WFIT Performance Studio in April of 2015, was recently released, and is available for purchase through CD Baby.com and

Beethoven probably knew that he would never be able to perform his final piano concerto. He did not take this lying down. If he couldn't express himself as a performer, he could certainly channel his emotions into his writing; you can almost feel the fury and defiance in the Fifth Concerto. Beethoven was not a man to go quietly.

From Beethoven, we move forward to look at some modern music written by five 20th century and contemporary composers, Alan Hovhaness, Arvo Part, Michael Torke, Philip Glass, and Allen Shearer.

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