Classical Classroom

Ep 106: Bach Halloween Spooktacular With Keith Weber

Bonus Bachtoberfest episode with a side of scary.

What?? Two episodes in one week? That’s right. We made you a treat: Go with us on a field trip to the Moores School of Music Organ Recital Hall at the University of Houston where we meet up with Keith “Creepy” Weber and the colossal, two-story Beckerath Organ that lurks in the hall. Learn all about Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and why it’s the soundtrack for all things macabre in this episode, the final installment of our Bachtoberfest series.

Music in this episode played by Keith Weber, except for “Toccata Remix” by VioDance.

Audio production by Todd “All A-Twitter” Hulslander with snargling by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. Thanks to Matthew Dirst and Melissa Sanson for the information they provided for this episode.

Check out these photos from our recording session!

Taken from the floor of the recital hall. Because why not.
Taken from the floor of the recital hall. Because why not. Photo by Dacia Clay

Keith Weber and Dacia Clay. Regular-sized people, giant Beckerath organ.
Keith Weber and Dacia Clay. Regular-sized people, giant Beckerath organ. Photo by Mark DiClaudio.

Keith Weber (L) and Dacia Clay (with zombie hand gestures).
Keith Weber (L) and Dacia Clay (with zombie hand gestures). Photo by Mark DiClaudio.

Keith Weber plays Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Keith Weber plays Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Why are there so many keys?? I mean, 3 tiers seems excessive, no? Photo by Mark DiClaudio.

Keith Weber preparing to creep us out.
Keith Weber preparing to creep us out. Photo by Dacia Clay.

Organ in the dark. Extra creepy!
Organ in the dark. Extra creepy! Photo by Dacia Clay.

 

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