Gerald Ranck

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Gerald Ranck (25 October 1941 - )

Ranck, a pianist and harpsichordist, was born in Pennsylvania and began piano studies at the age of six. He was a scholarship student of José Echániz at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

He came to New York City in 1961 to learn about the harpsichord at the Mannes College and studied with Sylvia Marlowe.

In 1967, he made his New York debut, later giving the first New York performance of Bach’s Art of the Fugue. He also performed that work at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Since then, he has performed to great acclaim internationally: London, Teheran, Stockholm, among other other cities.

His most recent appearances have been with the Strathmere Ensemble, of which he is a founding members, where the New York Society for Ethical Culture is its home, and the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble with James Levine.

Ranck performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Describing Ranck, Poetica Musica wrote,

  • Mr. Ranck has appeared as a soloist with the Teheran Symphony, the Jupiter Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Y Chamber Symphony, the Bach Aria Group, and the Clarion Concerts. In 1990, he appeared as soloist at the Drottingholm Court Theater in Sweden. Mr. Ranck regularly appears with the Mostly Mozart Festival in Lincoln Center and has appeared at the Mozart Festival in Long Island. He has recorded for Decca, Newport Classics, Soundspells, and Musical Heritage Society.

William F. Buckley Jr., writing in National Review, described a 22 June 1992 performance by Ranck at the New York Society for Ethical Culture's

  • perfect chamber auditorium, which seats about seven hundred. The occasion? Well, historic. Because Gerald Ranck is undertaking something never before done so far as we know. When the series is completed he will have performed all of Scarlatti's sonatas, of which there are - 555. His next concert will be on September 13, and thereafter he will play once every month, September to May, for three years. This summer he will need to master 250 sonatas. This is on the order of undertaking, by Labor Day, to memorize the Old Testament.

Lamented Buckley,

  • And there was zero mention of the event in that morning's 687-page New York Times. So-what time, the cultural overseers of New York life seemed to be saying about a musical feat never before undertaken.

Ranck, who is married with two children, currently lives in Manhattan and in 2007 had served for twenty-three years as Music Director for the New York Society for Ethical Culture. From time to time, Ranck addresses that society, his platform on 25 November 2007 being "J'Accuse: Emile Zola and the Ethics of Moral Outrage," in which he spoke of the outrage the American public rationally needs to feel toward its present political administration.

Articles About

What Are They So Afraid Of? Catholic Anti-intellectualism in America."
An article from Conscience (2003)


PDQ Bach (performed on the air, 1965)
The Flute Album by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georges Bizet,
Cecile Chaminade, and Albert Franz Doppler (Audio CD - Jan 28, 1994)
Samuel Baron plays the Flute Sonatas of J.S. Bach / Timothy
Eddy, Johann Sebastian Bach, Samuel Baron, and Gerald Ranck (1995)
Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord / Mela Tenenbaum,
Gerald Ranck (1999)
Night Thoughts and Fancies / Charles Bestor, Dinos Constantinides,
Donna Kelly Eastman, and Robert J. Frank (1999
J.S.Bach -the Complete Flute Sonatas / Laurel Zucker and Gerald Ranck
- (2001)
Telemann: Oboe Partutas Bis, 1 - 6 / Alan Brown, Georg Philipp Telemann,
Gerald Ranck, and Herbert Lucarelli (2006)
J. S. Bach, Trio Sonatas, by Laurel Zucker / Sara Andon; Gerald Ranck;
Richard Locker (2007)
The Nightingale Sings For Soprano, Flute And Piano / Laurel Zucker,
Gerald Ranck, Robin Fisher) (2007)