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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
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
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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