Category Archives: Music History

Pre-Concert Talk Tonight!

If you’re in New York City and not otherwise occupied, why not attend a wonderful orchestral concert for free? NYUO2 –one of NYU’s two symphony orchestras–is opening tonight’s concert season at the Frederick Lowe Theater on West 4th Street, just … Continue reading

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Protected: Freedom!

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Stereo Cables

A first for me…I spent some time this morning making stereo cables. Basic 16-gauge wire from Amazon (yeah, CCA), a dozen banana plugs, an X-acto knife, and there we were. Hooked up a subwoofer and a pair of surround speakers, … 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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Sweelinck and van Eyck

This piece first appeared on One Traveler on October 10, 2013. Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) is an old friend. I played one of his pieces— Onder een linde groen —for my master’s recital in Chicago, November 1994. Meanwhile, Ann Harrington … 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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