Availability as a Musician
I am currently available in Maine as an organist or pianist.
of The Bill of Rights
composed by Neely Bruce
169 Pleasant St Auburn, ME 04210
A sampler of Richard's work
Komm, Heiliger Geist, JS Bach BWV 651. (Come Holy Ghost) - I am practicing the first of the so-called Leipzig chorales. I 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. I did record this at a slower tempo. That's the practice part. One of the challenges is that the middle of the three voices in the hands needs to get traded back and forth between the hands in such a way as to sound “seamless”, so that requires going in with a microscope and make decisions about that. Bach is reported to have said 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
(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)
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!
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.