Category Archives: Dretzel Project

Dretzel Update

Things have been quiet lately on the C. H. Dretzel front. No new research to report. However, I remain convinced of my central thesis: that Dretzel’s Divertimento is a closer stylistic match to 565 than any other composition yet studied. … Continue reading

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Bach and Before!

Piano Recital! Central Church, this Sunday, 3 PM. Free! Visit [redacted] for more information. Click the image below for a PDF. [Update of January, 2016: nothing in this post is to be construed as an endorsement of any institution or … Continue reading

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Johann Speth

This obscure composer, and organist of the Cathedral of Augsburg, has been on my mind lately. Johann Speth lived from 1664 to about 1719; there is no record of his death, but all mention of him abruptly ceases in that … Continue reading

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Ploch-floeten und so weiter

What’s a Ploch-flöt? Well, what’s a biffaro? A pardunen? A Bazuin? They all represent the close relationship of the letters B and P. B and P are in fact the same sound, in their voiced and unvoiced versions.  P equals … Continue reading

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Bach and Dretzel: About Influence

This piece first appeared on my public Facebook page (/JBHorganist), on July 1, 2014. It has been slightly edited. There’s a problem with the many sites online who all say, copy-and-pastewise, that Dretzel’s Divertimento Armonico is “influenced” by Bach’s Italian Concerto. Let … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Dretzel Project

I have added a new page to my website. I call it The Dretzel Project. Have a look. The conversation will continue. Also, here is a link to an article that mentions my thesis. I contacted Professor Stauffer, as we … Continue reading

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More on Dretzel

I’m going to be presenting on the fugue of BWV 565 and the fugue of the Dretzel Divertimento in a counterpoint seminar at NYU early next month. I regret that it’s not open to the general public. Just letting you … Continue reading

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Dretzel

From San Francisco, a really exciting “fan” email regarding my Dretzel hypothesis.* “This case is solved!” the writer says, and shares news of a string of performances of the available “adagiosissimo” movement (BWV897a)…undertaken to promote the idea that C. H. … Continue reading

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