‍Richard J Hicks 

‍Availability as a Musician

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

‍Map of availability in Maine

‍Suggested Fees

‍Contact Richard

‍Selections for Lent

‍3/29 Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A 

  • ‍• Jesus Is a Rock In a Weary Land,  from The Georgia Mass Choir's "Jesus Is a Rock" from their CD "Greatest Hits" compiled in 1996.  
  • ‍• LAZARUS ODER DIE FEIER DER AUFERSTEHUNG (Lazarus/The Celebration of Resurrection), D 689, is an unfinished 1820 oratorio by Franz Schubert on a libretto by August Hermann Niemeyer. Intended to be in three acts, only act 1 with twenty-one numbers, and eight numbers from act 2 are extant. Composed: February 1820  Composer: Franz Schubert  Lyricist: August Hermann Niemeyer  Language: German  Listen to the whole performance 1+ hour, or any that suits your circumstance.

‍Original Music Compositions

  • ‍• A Weekend in Paris I re-recorded this solo piano track on 2/14/2020.  It is a song that I started writing over thirty years ago and never finished.  Here is the current version. 
  • ‍• A Joyful Processioncomposed by Richard for Rachel and Riley Kudlick's wedding in 2011  Buy score now 
  • ‍• Laid Back Summer Day just jamming looking out at the woods of Fayette, Maine (2010)
  • ‍• Conversation in the Woods (composed by Richard September 2016)
  • ‍• Meditation on SLANE  Slane is the title of the hymn tune upon which this work is based.  Slane has been set to various hymnal texts, e.g., Be Thou My Vision and Lord of All Hopefulness.  (composed by Richard c. 2012)

‍Recordings of Other Works

‍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 the music knowledge that he passed on to me, some of which I have passed on to my students in various ways.

‍A few recordings Jack made in Germany in the late 1920s:

‍Family recordings:

‍More information:

  • ‍• Booklet from the CD Americans in Europe (Jazz Oracle), including biographical material and some great photos from the 1920s!
  • ‍• Winter Nite composed by Jack O'Brien played by Richard 
  • ‍• You Just Can't Say composed by Jack O'Brien played by Richard

‍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.