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Organist Edward Moore, visiting faculty at UI School of Music, will play recital Nov. 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Organist Edward Moore, a visiting faculty member at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a program of German and French music from the 19th and early 20th centuries at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at First United Methodist Church, 214 E. Jefferson St. in Iowa City.

Moore's performance, which will also feature baritone John Muriello, will be free and open to the public.

Moore, who has made a specialty of the study of 19th-century German organ music, will play three works by German composers for the first half of the program: the Fantasy for organ on the chorale "Wie schoen leuchtet der Morgenstern" by Heinrich Reimann; Trio for two manuals and pedal by Julius Reubke; and Introduction and Passacaglia in F minor by Max Reger.

The second half will consist of a single work, the Prelude, Adagio and Chorale with variations on the theme "Veni Creator" by French composer Maurice Durufle. Based in part on a melody from Gregorian chant, the performance will feature Muriello singing the chant theme.

Reimann, one of the most significant organ virtuosos in 19th-century Germany, has been the subject of Moore's doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music. His Fantasy, published in 1895, is one of his most substantial compositions. Greatly expanding on the chorale fantasies of Reimann's predecessors, it uses the full resources of the organ. It became an influential work for the many important fantasies on chorale tunes of Max Reger.

Reubke was only 24 when he died of tuberculosis in 1858. Recognized already as a pianist and organist, he left only three compositions: two enormous and original works -- the Sonata in B-flat minor for piano and the 94th Psalm for organ -- and his small Trio for two manuals and pedal.

One of the most significant and esteemed composers in turn-of-the-century Germany, Reger wrote more than 220 works for organ, along with numerous orchestral, chamber and piano pieces. The Introduction and Passacaglia comes from a collection titled "Monologe" (Monologues), written in Munich 1901-02. It displays the characteristics of Reger's musical language: Bach's influence, in the form of strict counterpoint in the passacaglia, combined with a late Romantic tonal and harmonic language.

Durufle, who died in 1986, was one of the most respected French organists and composers of the 20th century. An active performer and teacher, he wrote relatively few compositions, due in part to a constant search for perfection and an ongoing process of revision for the few works he completed. Gregorian chant plays a large part in many of his works, including the Prelude, Adagio and Chorale with Variations based on the Pentecost hymn "Veni Creator."

Moore is a visiting assistant professor at the UI, filling in for organ area chair Delbert Disselhorst, who is on sabbatical leave. He is teaching organ lessons and an organ literature class dealing with German organ music of the 19th century. He is also director of music at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City.

Prior to his appointment in Iowa, Moore served as director of music ministries at Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church in Rochester, N.Y. He is a candidate for a doctorate at the Eastman School of Music, where his doctoral project deals with the organ works of Heinrich Reimann. In 1995-96 Moore was the first Russell Saunders Organ Scholar at Eastman.

Moore received a master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor's degree from Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

A singer whose work has ranged from opera and operetta to concert and musical theater, Muriello joined the UI School of Music faculty in the fall of 1997. His work in operetta and musical theater has been extensive. His most recent engagements include performances as the Narrator and Mysterious Man in Sondheim's "Into the Woods" and Marcello in "La Boheme" for Lyric Opera Cleveland. Earlier this fall he directed the UI School of Music's sold-out performances of "The Fantasticks."

Muriello has performed operatic and musical theater roles with Opera Carolina, the Banff Centre in Canada, L'Opera Francais of New York, Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Ohio Light Opera, Seaside Music Theater and the Southeastern Savoyards of Atlanta. His roles have ranged from Guglielmo in Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" to Jupiter in Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld" to Voltaire in Bernstein's "Candide."

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