Dretzel Premiere, 2011

This is the program I played at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, in October 2011. It constituted the American premiere of the Dretzel Divertimento, contextualized in organ music of the surrounding cultures. (In the original verbiage, below, I say “probably” the premiere, but I have no doubt, as the work exists in only one copy, and I do not believe anyone else has ever sought it out or performed it.)


Offertorio                Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726)

Music by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

Toccata in C major
Toccata in G minor
Toccata in E minor

Fugue in D minor            Bohuslav Černohorsky (1684-1742)

A Trio of Pieces from Hungary

Praeludium                Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837)
Interludium               Unknown, from ms. in Nagycenk (18th century)
Fuga                            Jan Křtitel (John Baptist) Vanhal (1739-1813)

Fugue on B.A.C.H., BWV Anh. 45    Justin Heinrich Knecht (1752-1817)

Divertimento Armonico –
Harmonische Ergötzung        Cornelius Heinrich Dretzel (1697-1775)

1. Allegro
2. Adagiosissimo, BWV897
3. Fuga: allegro
Today’s performance of this work probably constitutes its American premiere.

Adagio et Fuga d-moll, BWV565        Cornelius Heinrich Dretzel (?)

About Jonathan B. Hall

Keyboard artist, sacred musician, teacher, writer, working in New York City and State. Many interests include music theory and history, literature, astronomy, genealogy, philosophy and theology, gardening, and good food. Cat lover, too.
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