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William F. Buckley, Jr.

William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925 – 2008)

An American conservative author and commentator, who founded the National Review. Buckley played the piano and harpsichord.

[Buckley’s] early schooling in the family home… consisted of formal piano lessons.  Over the years… it was Bach and the harpsichord Buckley grew to treasure.  In a self-interview in 1989 for the New York Times, ‘Buckley, Why on Earth?…,’ he describes his solo harpsichord performance of Bach’s F Minor concerto with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra: ‘It was fun finding out that a lapsed amateur can, if he is willing to spend lots and lots of time on the problem, manage to draw on a lifetime of devotion to a composer and play creditably for eight and one-half minutes one of his beautiful concertos.’

William F. Buckley and William F. Meehan from Conversations with William F. Buckley Jr.