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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.