John Diercks (1927, American)

I know the music of John Diercks only through his Twelve Sonatinas for piano from 1980, played by Marthane Verbit on Albany Troy 071 “Valentines” (1992) with works of Gershwin, Antheil, Ornstein, Cyril Scott and Joseph Fennimore. They “break no grounds in musical language or instrumental technique – I feel they could have been written by some early Russian or Austro-German modernist like Lourié, Mossolov, Hauer or Stephan Wolpe in the late 1910s or early 20s, or again composers from the ‘school’ of Charles Seeger in the USA in the 1930s – but they are well-crafted and evocative“.

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