Brecht’s play includes poetic quatrains before each scene as well as a marvelous “Ballad of the Orders” mocking society stratification. A humanist and satirical masterpiece. Audio includes music cues as well as Dirksen’s own digest of the full show.
The Ballad of Dr. Faustus
Christopher Marlowe’s Faust is transplanted to the American frontier. Videos below, music cues also posted.
Thank we all, Our God
A Holy Charivari
Composed for the wedding of John Fenstermaker, then Assistant Organist at the Cathedral. Flute, handbells, harpsichord, finger cymbals…. 6/4 alternating with 3/2….what’s not to like?
A Celebration of the Transfiguration
Score & audio. This material has many components in various styles and can be used in many different forms.
The Ballad of the Transfiguration
Once sung. never forgotten.
The Raising of Lazarus
Score & audio. A mini-cantata, especially suitable for V Lent in Year A. Dirksen deploys all his dramatic skill at Lazare, veni foras.