Preludio Religioso harmonium Rossini Wodehouse

Published on Oct 20, 2012

Live performance by Artis Wodehouse 10/11/12 of the Preludio Religioso (Offertory) of Rossini’s 1864 Petite Messe Solennelle on her 1902 Mustel Art Harmonium. The concert was held at St. Peter’s Church, 54th and Lex in NYC and sponsored by Gotham Early Music Scene. The Mustel Art Harmonium is dated 1902 and was completely restored by Louis Huivenaar of the Netherlands.

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Pianist and harmoniumist ARTIS WODEHOUSE has devoted her careeer to preserving and disseminating neglected but valuable music and instruments from the past, with an emphasis on American music. Cited by the NYTimes as “savior of the old and neglected”, she received a National Endowment grant that propelled her into production of CDs and published transcriptions of recorded performances and piano rolls made by George Gershwin, Jelly Roll Morton and Zez Confrey. Her best-seller, “Gershwin Plays Gershwin”, on the Nonesuch label has sold over 500,000 copies. Beginning in 2000, Wodehouse began performing on a representative group of antique reed organs and harmoniums, toy pianos and an 1823 English square piano and an 1860 Steinway square piano that she had painstakingly restored and brought to concert condition. She founded the chamber group MELODEON in 2010 to present little known but valuable music from 19th and early 20th Century America, using her antique instrument collection as the basis for repertoire choice. Wodehouse has a BM from the Manhattan School of Music, an MM from Yale, and a DMA from Stanford.
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