The StripedGazelle refers to a mythic animal whose birth I witnessed in a dream in 1991. The events in the dream were as follows: I am aboard the Starship Enterprise. :-) I am looking for a dangerous cat who is loose somewhere on the ship. I find the cat, she becomes Eve, and we are to take her in custody. Captain Picard is now with us. Eve tells him she must recombine with the Original Adam. She transforms before us, becoming the Original Hermaphroditic Adam. He/she now has a stocky appearance, with bumpy skin. He/she says he/she must rest now. He/she lies down in a tomb-like bath, immediately below the water, my hand in his/hers. I begin experiencing powerful sensations throughout my body. Suddenly he/she is gone! Searching for him/her, I arrive in a room filled with people. I recognize to my left a man standing who I am convinced is Adam now transformed again into John the Baptist. As soon as I recognize this, John is standing in the center of the room, and in brief flashes, ever more closely spaced, appears as a statue of Christ. I am now holding the captain's hand. The flashes increase in frequency until John appears finally as a solid yet living statue of Christ. Christ's appearance is of a strong man with a long full beard. The statue is covered with pink spots (like polka-dots). The atmosphere in the room is now extraordinarily numinous. I notice that some of the other people in the room, hitherto unaware, are now seated on the floor in lotus-posture and attentive to what is going on. Now the Christ statue begins to peel open from the top. The statue peels completely away to reveal a newborn, black and white striped gazelle, glowing with a golden aura. I awake in the knowledge that I have just witnessed a divine and momentous birth.

Paintings by David Forrest Stith

Balancing Rock, West Texas
Bathsheba Park, Barbados
Bermuda Marina
Bishop's Palace
Cotton Oil Factory, Richmond, Texas
El Capitan Peak, Guadalupe Mountains
Fred Hartmann Bridge
Ft. Bend County Courthouse
Pennybacker Bridge, Austin, Texas
Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas
The Lodge, Cloudcroft, NM

Harpsichord recordings by David Joseph Stith

Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

Pavan MB16

Louis Couperin (1626-1661)

Unmeasured Preludes

No. 5
No. 6 (Prélude à l'imitation de Mr. Froberger)

Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Suite BuxWV226

Juan Bautista Cabanilles (1644-1712)

Cabanillés: Foliás del primo tono (from video of an ABO concert)

Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

Fugues on the Magnificat Primi Toni

No. 1

François Couperin (1668-1733)

L'Art de toucher le Clavecin

Premiere Prélude
Second Prélude
Troisième Prélude
Quatrième Prélude
Cinquième Prélude
Sixième Prélude
Septième Prélude
Huitième Prélude

Pièces de Clavecin

Premier Ordre

Allemande: L'Auguste [The August One]

Les goûts-réunis

Sixième Concert: Gravement et mesure (Billy Traylor, oboe)

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)

Recorder Sonata in C major, HWV 365: Larghetto, Allegro (Billy Traylor, recorder)

Michelangelo Rossi (1601-1656)

Toccata Prima (at The Chapel of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX, on an Italian harpsichord built by Gerald Self)

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)


K. 10

Gerald Self gives some details about his building of my own harpsichord:

December 18, 2020  December 19, 2020  January 1, 2021  January 8, 2021  January 15, 2021  January 18, 2021

Compositions by David Joseph Stith

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Keyboard Works

The Tyranny of Sight (on harpsichord)
Not all those who wander are lost
Canon II
Fantasia in Cmaj7 (on harpsichord)
Fantasia in Cmaj7 (on piano)
Variations on ASSURANCE
Variations on BRADBURY
Variations on ST COLUMBA
Variations on "When the Saints go marching in"
Aria for Chelsee
Ricercar V (on harpsichord)
Ricercar I (on organ)

Chamber Works

Chaconne (Tyler Webster, Clarinet; Nora Karakousoglou, ViolonCello; David Joseph Stith, Organ)
Prelude and Fugue for flute, violin, French horn, and bassoon (Jenny Piper, flute; Bruce Colson, violin; Jason Russell, French horn; Riley Litts, bassoon)

Sacred Works

The Lord's Prayer; duet for Soprano, Tenor, and Piano (Chelsee Sandaker, Soprano; Jacob Bleything, Tenor)
The Lord's Prayer; duet for Soprano, Tenor, and Piano (Chelsee Sandaker, Soprano; Adam Kinsey, Tenor)

Missa pro defunctis

(2018 recording -- Chelsee Sandaker, Soprano; Jamie Jelinski, Soprano; Christine O'Connor, Mezzo; Jana Louks, Mezzo; Adam Kinsey, Tenor; Jacob Bleything, Tenor; Eric Johnson, Bass; Duane Roth, Bass; Nicholas Goodwin, Flute; Tyler Webster, Clarinet; Patrick Hughes, French Horn; Nathaniel Brickens, Trombone; Martha Carapetyan, Viola; Nora Karakousoglou, ViolonCello; David Joseph Stith, Organ; Wil Oxford, Recording Engineer)
  1. Requiem aeternam
  2. Kyrie eleison
  3. Dies irae
  4. Tuba mirum
  5. Liber scriptus
  6. Recordare
  7. Lacrimosa
  8. Domine Iesu
  9. Sanctus
  10. Agnus Dei
  11. Lux aeterna
Complete Missa pro defunctis
Missa pro defunctis recording on YouTube with English subtitles

Organ and Piano Recordings by David Joseph Stith

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Jean Titelouze (1563-1633)

Francisco Corrêa de Arauxo (1584-1654)


Segundo Tono FO2
Sexto Tono FO43


Tres Glosas sobre el canto de la Immaculada Concepcion FO69

Louis Couperin (1626-1661)

Pange Lingua OL34
Fantasie sur le Cromhorne OL57

Nicolas Lebègue (1631-1702)


Suite du 2e ton

Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Ciacona in C-minor BuxWV 159
Passacaglia in D-minor BuxWV 161
Toccata in G-major BuxWV 164
Toccata in G-major BuxWV 165
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BuxWV 211

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Trio Sonatas

Trio Sonata in E-flat major, BWV 525

Preludes and Fugues, Toccatas, and Fantasias

Adagio in C-major, BWV 564

Choral Preludes

Fantasia super "Komm, Heiliger Geist", BWV 651
"Out of the depths I cry", BWV 745 (C.P.E. Bach?)

Well-Tempered Clavier Book I

Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846 (on piano)
Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, BWV 867 (on piano)

Clavier-Übung I

Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829 (on piano)

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)

Suite in A-major, HWV 426 (on piano)


38. How Beautiful are the Feet (Chelsee Sandaker, soprano)

Johann Christoph Graupner (1683-1760)


Partita in E-minor GWV 829 (on piano)

Other Renaissance and Baroque Composers

Arauxo: Tiento Primero Tono FO13
Arauxo: Tiento Quarto Tono FO15
J. C. Bach: Sonata Op. 17, No. 1 (on piano)
J. C. Bach: Sonata Op. 17, No. 3: Allegro assai (on fortepiano)
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, BWV 552
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A-minor, BWV 543
J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D-minor, BWV 565
J.S. Bach: Fantasia in G-major, BWV 572
J.S. Bach: Praeludium in G-major, BWV 902
J.S. Bach: "The Old Year has passed", BWV 614
J.S. Bach: "Dearest Jesus, we are here", BWV 633
J.S. Bach: WTC I: Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 869
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825
J.S. Bach: Art of the Fugue: Contrapunctus 7 (on organ)
J.S. Bach: Art of the Fugue: Contrapunctus 9 (on organ)
Böhm: Praeludium and Fugue in D-minor
Nicolaus Bruhns: "Little" Praeludium in E-minor
Cavazzoni: Ricercar 2
Cavazzoni: Ricercar 4
Michel Corrette: Organ Concerto, Op. 26, No. 6 (ABO concert in San Antonio)
François Couperin: Le Carillon de Cithére (on piano)
Louis-Claude Daquin: Noëls: X. Grand jeu et Duo
Guillaume Du Fay: Hymns: In Festis Beatæ Mariæ Virginis (on organ)
Frescobaldi: Messa "In Dominicis infra annum": Ricercare dopo il Credo
Frescobaldi: Messa "In Dominicis infra annum": Toccata cromatica per l'Elevazione
Frescobaldi: Messa "In festis duplicibus I": Ricercare con obligo del Basso come appare
Froberger: Toccata 1
Froberger: Toccata 2
Froberger: Toccata 3
Froberger: Toccata 4
Andrea Gabrieli: Ricercari Book 1: Primo Tono
Gibbons: Fantasia Tone 3 (MB10)
Gibbons: Prelude Tone 8
Gibbons: Fantasia Tone 2
Nicolas de Grigny: Hymns: Veni Creator
Kittel: Choral Variations "Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten"
Kuhnau: Biblical Sonatas: Il Combattimento trà David e Goliath
Ockeghem: Missa L'homme armé: Kyrie (on organ)
Pachelbel: Fugue on the Magnificat Primi Toni No. 1 (on organ)
Pachelbel: Fugue on the Magnificat Primi Toni No. 23 (on piano)
Pachelbel: Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder (P. 4)
Pachelbel: Gott hat das Evangelium (P. 174)
Pachelbel: Wo Gott zum Haus nicht giebt sein' Gunst (P. 512)
Pachelbel: Fugue on the Magnificat Primi Toni No. 12
Pachelbel: Fugue on the Magnificat Tertii Toni No. 3
Pachelbel: Fugue on the Magnificat Quinti Toni No. 8
Pachelbel: Fugue on the Magnificat Sexti Toni No. 10
Pachelbel: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan
Palestrina: Magnificat Secundi Toni (on piano)
Palestrina: Iste confessor (on organ)
Palestrina: Magnificat Octo Tonum: Liber Primus: Primi Toni
Palestrina: Missa "Spem in alium": Et in Spiritum sanctum (on organ)
Palestrina: Missa "Spem in alium": Credo
Palestrina: Missa "Spem in alium": Crucifixus
Palestrina: Missa "Spem in alium": Et ascendet
Palestrina: Hymni In Dominicis Quadragesimae: Christe lux vera bonitas
Palestrina: Ricercar Primo Tuono
Palestrina: Ricercar Quinto Tuono
Palestrina: Ricercar Settimo Tuono
Jakob Praetorius: Was kann uns kommen an für not
Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata K. 287
Schütz: Seven Last Words (First Presbyterian Church)
Sweelinck: Fantasia SwWV 259
Tallis: Hymns: Felix Namque (from Fitzwilliam Virginal Book)
Tunder: Jesus Christus unser Heiland, Der von uns den Gotteszorn wand
Valente: Versi Spirituali sopra il fa di be fa be mi
Valente: Versi Spirituali sopra dell ut
Valente: Versi Spirituali sopra il mi

Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary Composers

Beethoven: Piano Quartets: WoO 36 No. 3 (ABO concert at Redeemer Presbyterian: Stephanie Raby, Violin; Miguel Cantú IV, Viola; Christopher Phillpott, Violoncello; David Joseph Stith, fortepiano)
Beethoven: Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 2
Jacob Bijster: Fantasie over "Komt nu met zang"
Dudley Buck: Variations for Organ "Old Folks at Home" (tune by Stephen Foster)
David Cameron: Variations on the Hebrew melody Leoni
Chopin: Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2 (recorded on the piano at First Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas)
Chopin: Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2 (recorded at home on my 1920 Chickering grand piano)
Chopin: Op. 10 No. 3
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Melody for Organ
Copland: Old American Songs Set 2: Zion's Walls (Chelsee Sandaker, Soprano)
Dvořák: Biblical Songs: "I Will Sing New Songs" (Jacob Bleything, tenor)
John Field: Nocturne H37
Glass: Etude 11
Glass: Etude 3
Glass: Etude 12
Grainger: Irish Tune from County Derry
Hurlstone: La Simplicité
Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
Fanny Mendelssohn: Pastorella
Ernest John Moeran: Legend for Piano "A Folk Story"
Lyle K. Neff: Meditation for Organ (Chelsee Sandaker, chime)
Schönberg: Piano Pieces Op. 19
Yogananda: Cosmic Chants: Deliver Us From Delusion