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Littlefield Organ Series: Robert Parkins

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 3:00pm
Walker-Ames room, Kane Hall - Google Map
$15 (cash or check at the door). Notecard
Robert Parkins, university organist at Duke University, performs on the UW's Littlefield Organ Series.
Robert Parkins, university organist at Duke University, performs on the UW's Littlefield Organ Series.

Robert Parkins, Professor of music and University organist at Duke University, performs works by Antonio de Cabezón,  Francisco Correa de Arauxo, Juan Cabanilles, Johann Sebastian Bach and others on the UW’s Littlefield Organ.

Program Detail

Antonio de Cabezón:
Tiento III (1o tono)
Diferencias sobre la Pavana Italiana

Francisco Correa de Arauxo:
Tiento [16] de 4o tono (“a modo de canción”)                                        

Pablo Bruna:
Tiento de 2o tono sobre la letanía de la Virgen                                                             

Juan Cabanilles:
Tiento [12] de falsas (4o tono)                                                                      

 Johann Sebastian Bach:
Pièce d’Orgue (Fantasy in G), BWV 572                                        
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 672
Christe, aller Welt Trost,BWV 673
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 674
Fugue on the Magnificat, BWV 733
Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 648

 Josef Rheinberger:
Sonata No. 4, Op. 98   
I. Tempo moderato    


Robert Parkins

Robert Parkins is the University Organist and a Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University. He has performed throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Central America, and his playing has been described as “artistic, technically flawless, and imaginative” (The American Organist).

For a number of years, he has specialized in early Iberian keyboard music, and more recently he has focused his attention on the German Romantic organ and its literature. His publications include articles for a number of professional journals as well as the chapter on “Spain and Portugal” in Keyboard Music Before 1700 (Routledge 2004).

His recordings have appeared on the Calcante, Gothic, Musical Heritage Society, and Naxos labels--including the CD’s Early Iberian Organ Music, Brahms: Complete Organ Works, German Romantic Organ Music, Iberian and South German Organ Music, and Organ Music of Frescobaldi. Early Spanish Keyboard Music, a harpsichord LP originally issued by MHS in 1983, is now available again as a free download at

Dr. Parkins received his degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Yale University School of Music. In 1973 he was awarded a Fulbright grant to study in Vienna. His teachers have included Gerre Hancock, Anton Heiller, Ralph Kirkpatrick, Charles Krigbaum, and Michael Schneider.