‍Richard J Hicks 

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‍I will be available as an organist or pianist in Maine after Easter 2020 

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‍A sampler of Richard's work

‍A Weekend in Paris I recorded this solo piano track om 1/16/2020.  It is a song that I started writing over thirty years ago and never finished.  Here is the current version. 

‍In Dulci Jubilo  ’Tis the season!! Here’s a transcription I have arranged, based on Robert Pearsall’s famous setting, followed by a “miscellaneous” version by J.S. Bach.  Of course it will sound better with a real brass quartet!

‍Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn  JS Bach    BWV 601.   I recorded pedal part to practice with.  Here’s what it sounds like all together.

‍Jesu Meine Freude   JS Bach    BWV 610.   I recorded pedal part to practice with.  Here’s what it sounds like all together.

‍Komm, Heiliger Geist,     JS Bach    BWV 651.   (Come Holy Ghost) - I am practicing the first of the so-called Leipzig chorales. I re-made this recording so that I could practice the manual parts with the pedal (since I don't have a MIDI pedal keyboard).  Pedal harpsichords were used in Bach's time, mainly as practice instruments, as an alternative to the organ.  Busy churches often needed extra practice instruments, and I imagine the church organ in winter was really a cold space!  This is a fantasia over one verse of the chorale tune, heard in the pedal part.  

‍Bach is reported to have remarked when asked about playing the organ, “There's nothing remarkable about it.  All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.”   Easy for him to say!

‍Schubert Fugue Op.152 for piano fourhands - I recorded primo and secundo (for practice purposes). See score.

‍RJH Arrangement of JS Bach “Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her” (I come from heaven)  Score  Recording

‍Meditation on SLANE (Be Thou My Vision), for Organ, composed by Richard Hicks

‍Performance of Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 852, by  JS Bach

‍(Setnor School of Music, Syracuse University, Frederick Marvin Memorial Concert, Sept. 2017)

‍A Joyful Procession composed by Richard for Rachel and Riley Kudlick's wedding in 2011  Buy score now 

‍Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bonds  Buy score now

‍Jesus Christ Is Ris’n Today

‍At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing

‍Now All the Vault

‍Winter Nite composed by Jack O'Brien played by Richard

‍You Just Can't Say composed by Jack O'Brien played by Richard

‍Bach Prelude  in B Flat (WTC I) piano

‍Bach Fugue in B Flat (WTC I)  synthesizer version

‍Brahms Prelude in A minor (synthesizer version)

‍Laid Back Summer Day just jamming by myself while in the woods of Fayette, Maine (2010)

‍Conversation in the Woods (composed by Richard September 2016)

‍Uncle Jack

‍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:

‍It's A Million to One

‍Music and Moonlight

‍My Sunday Girl

‍More Jack (family) recordings:

‍Jack 1987

‍Jack and Liz 1989

‍More information:

‍Booklet from the CD Americans in Europe (Jazz Oracle), including biographical material and some great photos from the 1920s!

‍Machine Learning Comes to Bach

‍Google Doodle had a special tribute to Bach… see more…

‍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!

‍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.