Availability as a Musician
I am currently available in Maine as an organist or pianist.
See Rehearsal files for The Bill of Rights, composed by Neely Bruce
A sampler of Richard's work
Meditation on SLANE (Be Thou My Vision), for Organ, composed by Richard Hicks
(Setnor School of Music, Syracuse University, Frederick Marvin Memorial Concert, Sept. 2017)
Winter Nite composed by Jack O'Brien played by Richard
You Just Can't Say composed by Jack O'Brien played by Richard
Laid Back Summer Day just jamming by myself while in the woods of Fayette, Maine (2010)
Machine Learning Comes to Bach
Google Doodle had a special tribute to Bach, allowing users to enter melodies to harmonize with AI in the style of Bach. Here’s what happened with Happy Birthday. I had to do it in three sections and bring it into Sibelius and change the meter, I added a couple notes at the end to end the piece. Hit PLAY below to hear it. The Artificial Intelligence did a pretty good job.
See how a music box is “programmed”
Great Great Grandfather George Hicks Barrel Piano
George Hicks made barrel pianos, an early form of player piano, first in England, and then in Brooklyn NY. One of his pianos is on display at the Metropolitan Museum! Here is what it sounds like!
John O'Brien (Jack, or Obie) was Liz's uncle, and he was a well known jazz pianist starting in the early days of the genre (early 1920s). Jack continued to play for several decades. He befriended the Harlam stride pianist Willie "the Lion" Smith, from whom he learned much about jazz piano style. I am indebted for Jack's love, and for all that he passed on to me, some of which I have now passed on to my students in various ways.
A few recordings Jack made in Germany in the late 1920s:
More Jack (family) recordings:
Booklet from the CD Americans in Europe (Jazz Oracle), including biographical material and some great photos from the 1920s!
Concordia Lutheran Church Windows
Several people have asked me about the windows at Concordia Lutheran Church, after remarking on them after services. So, I am posting a copy of the document that describes them in detail.
I always enjoyed seeing the light come in at different angles during the days and over the seasons. I notice that the dedication to the windows starts with the text:
“How lovely is thy dwelling place, 0 Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.”
We sang Johannes Brahms’ setting of that text from his German Requiem at the commerative vespers service in October 2017.