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Organist Disselhorst will play works of J.S. Bach and Reubke Oct. 5
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Organist Delbert Disselhorst will play works of J.S.
Bach and Julius Reubke on a University of Iowa School of Music faculty
recital, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Disselhorst's recital will be free and open to the public.
While J.S. Bach is one of the most famous and esteemed composers of
organ music from any period, and indeed one of the most esteemed composers
of any kind, Reubke represents the opposite end of the spectrum of fame.
An accomplished organist and composer, he was esteemed during his lifetime,
but has been largely forgotten since his early death in 1858.
Reubke came from a musical family: His father, Adolf Reubke, was an
important organ builder in 19th-century Germany who left the successful
family business to Julius' brother Emil. Julius' other brother, Otto, was
also an accomplished musician who served as a composer, pianist and conductor
in Halle, Germany, where he eventually became music director at the university.
Julius Reubke studied with some of the most prominent teachers of the
19th century, including Franz Liszt and the music theorist A.B. Marx. He
seemed poised on a significant career when he died in 1858, only 24 years
of age. Disselhorst will play one large work by Reubke, a four-movement
piece titled "The 94th Psalm." Each of the four movements is
inscribed with verses of the Psalm, suggesting that each is meant to express
those specific lines.
The works by Bach that Disselhorst will perform are the "Piece
d'Orgue" (Organ piece), S. 582; three separate settings of the Lutheran
chorale tune "Allein Gott in der Hoeh sei Ehre" (Alone be honor
to God in the highest); and the Passacaglia, S. 582.
Disselhorst has been a member of the UI School of Music faculty since
1970. He holds both bachelors and masters degrees in music from the University
of Illinois, where he graduated as a Bronze Tablet Scholar. As a recipient
of a Fulbright grant in organ, he also studied at the Staatliche Hochschule
fuer Musik in Frankfurt, Germany. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts
degree from the University of Michigan.
As a concert artist, Disselhorst has performed in the United States,
Canada and Europe. He has appeared as a recitalist for several regional
conventions and for the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists
in Houston, Texas, in 1989. Tours of Europe have included recitals in Denmark,
Germany and France.