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Sept. 20, 1996

New CD lets you hear Bach the way he intended

by Linda Charles
A new compact disc by Lynn Zeigler offers a chance to hear Bach they way he intended people to hear his music.

Zeigler is featured on Iowa State's Brombaugh organ, a copy of an 18th century German organ. The organ has an "uneven temperament," which means its pitch and the intervals in the octaves are different from today's instruments.

"There are only two other organs in the Midwest, to my knowledge, that have an uneven temperament," said Zeigler, associate professor of music.

The organ, purchased in 1987, was built by John Brombaugh and is installed in the Recital Hall, Music Building.

Zeigler said she got the idea for the CD during Alumni Days, when she presented a lecture and concert on the organ. Many alums asked her if they could get a recording of the organ.

The music department gave her a grant from the Louise B. Hamilton fund to make the CD, which she did with the help of WOI Radio chief engineer Dave Knippel. Proceeds from the CD will be used to pay back the grant and fund scholarships for music students.

The CD is $15 plus postage and handling. To purchase the CD, contact Zeigler, 4-2939.

Guest performer
The campus community will have an opportunity to hear the Brombaugh organ during guest performances this month.

Colby Kegley, associate professor of mathematics and United Church of Christ Congregational organist, will perform during the Monday organ recital from 5:20 to 5:40 p.m. Sept. 23. Zeigler also will perform during the Monday organ recital on Sept. 30.

Carl Staplin, Drake University, will perform with the ISU Chamber Singers during the Organists of Iowa Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

The three concerts are free and will be in the Recital Hall, Music Building.

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