Category Archives: Music Theory

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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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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Glazunov Break

This morning, I’ve been “powering away” on the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto. It’s a vilely difficult piano part, and I haven’t even had a tithe of the time I really needed to make it come together as my saxophonist deserves. Nevertheless, … Continue reading

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Mutations

I’ve had fun messing around at an Allen digital organ. The advantage here is that the tuning is always spot-on perfect. I had a Holz Gedeckt -like sound on the Positiv, along with a 1 1/3 mutation. The bright, assertive, … 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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