Unthoughtful edditing of music was discussed here

Unthoughtful Editing of Music Seems to be Everywhere

Unthoughtful Editing of Music Seems to be Everywhere. I attended an accelerated high school- Cass Technical High in Detroit. They had some 32 curriculums you could major in. They even kept an airplane in a large room on the 1st floor for an aeronautics technology program. For me, there were two musical courses to choose from: Vocational and Advocational. This remarkable high school was “college prep”. In retrospect, I think many colleges could have been “prep” for Cass Tech High. But alas, things change. Ruins of the high school are pictured below.

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The glory that was Cass Technical High School

Unthoughful Editing of Music- One Typical Example

We had a esprit de corps among the students that was second to none. we discussed countless and varied topics. Nothing was ever off the table for discussion so to say.  Music editing was a hot subject. My fellow students, the class of 1969, had a running joke about musical editors. We all concurred on a musical frustration cycle. It went as follows

  • First you work at becoming a pianist/composer. When that doesn’t quite pan out-
  • Second you try working at becoming a conductor.
  • Finally, when the above two fail, you become an editor.

The point is the editor is out for revenge. He thinks: “If can’t make it as a composer, performer or as a conductor, I’ll be sure that no one else can”. This thought may be either conscious or unconscious but the effect is the same either way. If you follow the editors instructions, your efforts will most likely fall in line with his expectations of failure. Many teachers insist on their students following the editor’s marking.That’s a minor to major tragedy!

 Unthoughtful Editing: My teacher studied with Emil von Sauer in Vienna in the 1920’s

Emil von Sauer was personally taught by Franz Liszt. Liszt accepted several students at the end of his life. Sauer was one of them. He, in turn, edited all the piano works of Johannes Brahms. However, I believe that even Liszt kept fingering secrets from his select piano students. Sauer in turn taught my teacher, Mischa Kottler. Samples of Mischa’s playing anywhere are extremely rare. Below is one that will show you what good fingering can do. Here’s to reviving another lost art!

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Minute Waltz (Mischa Kottler Version) – YouTube

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Chopin’s Minute Waltz, with a twist …

Internal link: Changing Standards in Musical Performance are Upon Us.

 

 

Hello Boca Grande

Hello Boca Grande for the Eleventh Year

Hello Boca Grande for my piano employment the 11th straight Year. Click on the Boca Grande nowhere but here box below to see many incredibly beautiful and exotic pictures of the island. There my piano playing services will be in full swing.  Daughter Kathryn Parks worked on this post for Michael Saunders. She works on promotion for this real estate company in Florida and does a beautiful job at that.

Untouched by time, Boca Grande is a classic Florida getaway where pristine beaches, sunny days, and small-town charms create a blissful atmosphere.

 

Hello Boca Grande

It’s impossible not to have fabulous stories when you work at such a place. One of favorites is the evening that two distinguished ladies from London sat and enjoyed their dinner while dining on the table right beside the piano. Fortunately, my piano touch is such that people can enjoy their dinner and still converse while listening to beautiful melodies. My incredible instructor Mischa Kottler, studied in Europe in Paris under Alfred Cortôt in the 1920’s. Cortôt traced his lineage to Frederic Chopin. Then Mischa Kottler went to Vienna and apprenticed under Emil von Sauer. Sauer studied under Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms. Mischa was always emphatic when he would say: ” “Present the melody on a silver platter.” In so doing you can eliminate all the ponderous accompaniment that so many often vulgarly place into their piano playing.

But on with the story: When I got up for a small respite, I walked past the ladies. One said to me, “We enjoyed your playing, especially your Andrew Lloyd Webber selections.”  I replied.”Oh, thank you.” Then the other lady proudly said: “Yes,our assigned seats are in the British House of Lords right next to him!”

Why is this Lineage Important?

Today so much piano playing is electronic. Often accompaniments are provided by the touch of a button. The old school of knowledge is then lost. Happily, at the fabulous Inn the old school is still in full swing. I will be there nightly from Dec 20 until Easter. Please say hello. P.S. if you decide to buy a home there, ask my daughter, Kathryn. I am also a composer. My wife, Sharon, is my lyricist and librettist.  Sharon, and I just work shopped our new opera Patra in New York. Click on the link for more info. Finally, please share this post with friends! Thank you.

PATRA – An Opera Comique performed in two acts, sung in English, written by Sharon and David Ohrenstein about Cleopatra’s final days as ruler of Egypt.

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poetry signals change

Poetry signals Change is About to Happen

Poetry signals Change is in the Air. Said another way: When there is no poetry of quality then musical quality takes a nose dive. This is not only my own observation. As my resource I quote  Music by Frederic V. Grunfeld. The book I read it in is published by Newsweek Books out of New York. Place and year- Mondadaori, Verona, Italy,  1974.

Poetry Signals Change – Poetry (magazine) Cover Copy Below

Poetry (founded as Poetry: A Magazine of Verse) has been published in Chicago since 1912. It is one of the leading monthly poetry journals in the English.  Poetry is founded by Harriet Monroe and now published by the Poetry Foundation. It is currently edited by Don Share

Those who decry the primitivism of today’s music along with its limited scope, need to look for another Heinrich Heine type figure. Indeed, so many “songs” use about three or four repeated notes or thrive on platitudes and vulgarity. I have already mentioned him on DSOworks in the internal link below. The problem is where is our Henrich Heine for this present day and age?

Poetic Import in Signaling Historic Changes

We Must Return to Beautiful Poetry

As a writer of poetry, I am inspired by the same place at which the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was filmed for this coming season: Scott’s Oquaga Lake House on Oquaga Lake. The beauty and enchantment of the lake knows no limits.

Here is an excerpt from my poem called “Fun.” It describes this setting in some detail.

The diving platform is located
End the end of the extended dock.
Canoes and kayaks are nearby
The woods where the birds do flock.

The swimming area is marked
By yellow balls on rope
Fastened to a rubber raft
Beyond which the lake has slope.

A second dock is to the left
With a speedboat at its end.
On its left we find a showboat
Built just for voices to blend.

A playhouse is to the rear
Grand piano is set on stage
Near bowling ping-pong and pool
Games all quite the rage!

Do yourself a favor and make a pilgrimage to Oquaga Lake and visit Scott’s Hotel. A number of doctors from India did just that! All this beauty and memorabilia can be yours to enjoy.  Revive that ancient poetic feeling so many once had. And please share this post!

Here is a fun external link to our other website, Reviving Antiquity.com. Four Flatted Scorpio Refers to Key Signature

 

 

piano competitions

Piano Competitions Have Judges on Edge

Piano Competitions Have Judges on Edge. My source is an excellent book on piano playing. David Dubal wrote it: “Reflections from the Keyboard”. He interviews numerous keyboard artists about their trials and tribulations. Being a judge at competitions is also certainly trying. Why?  I felt that pianist Jorge Bolet was particularly relevant in this regard.

 

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A great master at the piano.

Bolet emphasizes how perfection is expected with piano playing. This is primarily due to the recording industry. He believes this has destroyed  a great deal of “music making.”  That is because recordings are of such mechanical perfection that any imperfection in actual performance is severely frowned upon. The other source of homogeneous playing is competitions.

Bolet on Piano Competitions

This piano legend actually states “Competitions have done more harm to piano playing than anything else.” In many competitions there are some 15 judge. Those he enter have to try to get all the votes. To do this they must not antagonize any of the judges in any way. Nothing must be different or worse yet, controversial. Any personal idea is shunned and looked down upon. Bolet states that as a result whether you listen to 10, 20 or 30 pianists, they all play alike. That affects the status of piano playing in general. No one becomes outstanding.

My Own Piano Instructor- Mischa Kottler

My own teacher was Mischa Kottler. He was the official pianist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Mischa also directed the music at WJR in Detroit. His waiting list for students was incredibly long. Once you got to start, he often went with the Symphony on tour. I grew up in Detroit. Listen to him playing Chopin’s Minute Waltz. He actually plays the difficult passages with double notes in the right hand. The main help I credit with is avoiding hand injuries at the piano. He taught:  (1) Hand positions, (2) The proper way to scales and arpeggios.  (3) Showed me the regimen that I still practice daily. (4) How to play with a singing tone. (5) How to: “Present the melody on a silver platter.” (6) Above all else: He was a fanatic about proper fingering. Mischa never seemed satisfied with  editors. He learned his art and fingering from Alfred Cortot and Emil von Sauer in Paris in Vienna in the 1920’s. Would he have lost at a piano competition for his originality? Perhaps?

So What Am I doing Now?

I’ve never been so busy. I’ve just return from New York where my wife and I workshopped our original opera, Patra. All our singers had won auditions with the NY Met Opera. Check out our Patra website, Patraopera.com. Professionally I play 52 weeks a year. I’m scheduled to play my 11th winter season in Boca Grande at the Gasparilla Inn.  The owners have just reconditioned their Steinway Grand from 1924. You be the judge: Are piano competitions necessary? Perhaps.

 

Even in his 80’s and 90’s his abilities were stellar.

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Ten minute Musical Bliss

Ten Minute Musical Bliss of Rubinoff and His Violin

Ten Minute Musical Bliss of Rubinoff and His Violin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUz-LOrzTQU. Like fine wine, musicians and artists improve with age. Dave Rubinoff is much too ignored today. That is due to the jealousy of the 100% pure classical musicians. Indeed, I even wonder how many pure symphonic musicians are left to be found today. It seems like so many are crossing the lines into the popular field.

Even as of recently, Dave Rubinoff refuses to give up the ghost. This is true even some 35 years after he passed away. Maestro, conductor, and curator Joseph Rubin (not related to Rubinoff except in spirit) gave a concert commemorating this great artist last summer. I was called to appear with violinist extraordinaire, Steven Greenman. It was  held at the  Circleville High School near Colombus, Ohio. Maestro Greenman had just returned from a tour of Poland. Among other places, he played the most haunting melodies in the synagogue in Cracow. Below was the itinerary Maestro Rubin sent me for the Circleville. Ohio concert.

Ten minute musical bliss
During the Great Depression, Rubinoff and His Violin had stellar income- as much as $500,000.00 a year during some years. This would be like millions today. For the Ten Minute Musical Bliss, go to the youtube connection given above. If you’ve ever heard a violinist/conductor with such precision, speed and musicality with movie star quality, let me know.

Witness Another Ten Minute Musical Bliss with Steven Greenman and I playing the Rubinoff’s Fiddler

Friday, June 1 (2017)
Around 3 PM – Rehearse Fiddler Medley with Steven Greenman, location TBA
7-9:30 PM – Orchestra Rehearsal at Circleville High School
Saturday, June 2
11 am – Rehearse Fiddler Medley with Steven Greenman
2-4:30 pm- Orchestra Rehearsal at Circleville High School
6:30 PM – Pre-show lecture at High School
7-9 PM Concert at High School
9-10:30 PM Post show VIP reception at High School
Copy and paste the youtube link above to see what success is obtainable by playing incredibly well what the general public enjoys. I was thrilled to work so many years with this man.
Patra Workshop

Patra Workshop to debut New York this September

Patra Workshop to debut in New York. Patra is the shorter name for Cleopatra. Queen of Egypt, she was one of the most famous women in history. Her full name was Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator (69 BC – 12 August 30 BC). She was the last of the Pharaohs set up in Egypt by Alexander the Great. By descent, she was a Macedonian Princess. It will appear off book in  the workshop. Our singers will literally be top notch.  My wife, Sharon is the librettist and a co-composer of Patra. . I, husband David, am also a composer. Before going to NY, it will have a staged concert presentation. This will be in  Sarasota Fl at the newly built Sarasota Westcoast Black Theater.  Our casts in both NY and Fla are busy rehearsing.  Here’s the gist:

Cleopatra had stopped the onslaught of two invading Roman generals through love. She thus neutralized the worst effects of their invasions by marrying the generals. Patra had children with each.  They were, first,  Julius Caesar and later Marc Antony.

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Patra Workshop

Enter Octavian, a third Roman invader. She almost stops his aggression through love. In order to save her children, she follows the way of the warrior: An honorable death. If she she married Octavian and moved to Rome, both her and her children would have been seen as a threat to the Roman triumvirate.  Our opera features Patra and Octavian’s encounter. In the opera she convinces him to become Augustus Caesar- 1st emperor of Rome   Later, as a result, he honors her by placing  a statue of her in the Temple of Venus in Rome. The statue was displayed exemplifying her as the good mother.

Patra has memorable melodies, Latin rhythms and most important – a gripping story. Sample our music on Patraopera.com.

PATRA News!!!
See PATRA in Sarasota before it goes to New York !!
Presented in Sarasota for One Night Only
Before heading to New York in September, our new opera PATRA will be presented as a concert reading in Sarasota. The complete opera will be presented on Fri. July 19 at the new Westcoast Black Theatre at 6:30 pm.

The New York Workshop

PATRA has been selected for a fully-staged professional workshop in upstate New York at the Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake. The American Center for New Works Development at Seagle has work shopped pieces by many award-winning writers like Stephen Schwartz, Mark Adamo, Kevin Putts and more.
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This setting on Schroon Lake, NY gave birth to many new works by great theatrical and operatic writers. Also, the chosen singers are engaged by American and European opera companies in this setting.

Patra Workshop – the Story

PATRA is loosely based on Cleopatra’s final days.  When the villainous Octavian dangles a marriage proposal before Cleopatra, she hopes to secure a future for herself and her children. Yet, things do not go as he planned. Cleopatra’s love challenges Octavian and transforms him into a new man.  PATRA has five singing roles. Our great Sarasota cast is listed below.
Writer, co-composer, librettist states: “When I began the eleven month rewrite of our more tragic Octavian & Cleopatra, I wanted to lighten the work and give it a popular bent.  I cut two singing roles and added a dancer.  Then, I infused comedy, lively dance rhythms, a small amount of spoken dialogue and a surprise at every turn.  Most of all, I showcased the singer.  I did something rather unusual in any musical or opera I created numerous dramatic moments where the instrumental accompaniment is silent. Only singing voices are heard.”
 PATRA  is an opera comique:  It uses techniques from  Bizet’s Carmen and  Bernstein’s  The West Side Story. .

Patra Concert Presentation

The WBTT concert has a $20 suggested donation ticket price to be paid at the door.  For an advance reserved seat visit GoFundMe.com/PatraOpera, make a donation and in the notes write WBTT ticket.  Westcoast Black Theatre is located at 1012 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236.
CONTACT: Sharon Ohrenstein at 941-724-1199 or slohrenstein@gmail.com. only about the above events.  THANK YOU!
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Our masthead for the opera used with permission of the art gallery: From Cairo with Love. located, in Cairo Egypt and its creator,  Kadir.
PATRA
Libretto by Sharon Ohrenstein
Music by David Ohrenstein and Sharon Ohrenstein
Our terrific Sarasota CAST
Kathryn Parks as Cleopatra, Joseph Ryan as Octavian, Carole Cornman as Iras, Robyn Rocklein as Charmian, and Baron Garriott as Marcellus.  Pianist Teresa O’Connell will accompany the shows.
Dancer Vanessa Russo, currently based in Sarasota, has been hired for the New York Patra workshop workshop. Only singers will be performing in Sarasota.

Background for the Patra Workshop: About Ohrenstein and Ohrenstein

Musical theater writers and performers, Sharon and David Ohrenstein have performed internationally from Canada to Honduras. Their musicals, Octavian and Cleopatra, Our Golda, and Elizabeth of Russia have been produced in Florida and New York to remarkable reviews.  Sharon was honored to be chosen an Amazing Woman of the Suncoast by ABC 7.  David’s chamber compositions for wind ensembles and larger works for concert band have had world premieres in New York, Ontario, Ohio and Florida. David just finished his tenth season at the Gasparilla Inn where he plays for U.S. presidents and other dignitaries. For more information visit Patraopera.com. Here is an internal link to a ballet I, David,  wrote: Zodiac Dance Demonstrates Extremes from Ballet to Modern

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Singer composer concept is returning

Singer Composer Was the Creator of Opera

Singer Composer Was the Creator of Opera. Today, many do not think of singers as the creators of opera. In the early 1700’s they were. The taste in Naples, Italy at that time, dictated how opera was created. That taste was manifested in the love of vocal display. Popular idols were made of singers. Theodore M. Finney writes in a History of Music: The composers became “a kind of formality that had within it the seed of artistic sterility and death.”

Singer composer phenomenon sent many composer fleeing.
The new singer composer phenomenon  caused composer Alessandro Scarlatti to leave Naples in 1725.

 

What Happened to Opera as a Result of the Singer Composer Phenomenon?

Many composers at that time would write scores of historical interest. However, they had little if any musical interest. Opera composers turned from opera to writing for other mediums, such as instrumental. Society in Italy mainly fawned over virtuosity in musical drama. This gave rise to the Golden Age of Bel Canto. Francesco Bernardi, for example,  loaded his adagios with countless ornaments. Opera singers became heroes. Hogarth immortalizes a singer in one of his arias in The Rakes Progress: He receives the adulation of a lady who says: “One God, one Farinelli.” The composer was reduced to the sideman.

As a matter of fact, the admiration of opera singers of the at time was so tremendous that most were totally unconcerned with the excellence of an opera itself.  For that reason the music of many operas had nothing more than a figured bass and perhaps the outline of a melody. They singer flushed out the rest of the opera. The singer was also the primary composer. Figured bass, or thoroughbass, is a kind of musical notation in which numerals and symbols (often accidentals) are used. They indicate intervalschords, and non-chord tones that a musician is to play.  Historically this was most often applied to   pianoharpsichordorgan, and  lute. 

Example of writing style with figured bass.

Melody from the opening of Henry Purcell‘s “Thy Hand, Belinda”, Dido and Aeneas (1689) with figured bass below (About this soundPlay 

 

Plus one factor is prominent

Plus one factor shared by Geometry and Math

Plus one factor shared by Geometry and Math. This post applies to all of the prominent ancient number squares. For various reasons, they are also called magic squares. What characterizes  these squares of numbers? In recreational mathematics and combinatorial design, a magic square[1] is a {\displaystyle n\times n} square grid (where n is the number of cells on each side) filled with distinct positive integers in the range {\displaystyle 1,2,…,n^{2}}

  • Each cell contains a different integer.
  • The sum of the integers in each row, column and diagonal is equal.[2]

So Where is the Plus One Factor?

Plus one factor here is the Liberty Bell
The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence. Location is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Eight people are in the picture. The plus one factor becomes the bell.

The plus one in number squares is one thing above and beyond  obvious definition on the number square. Let’s look at the application in geometry first. The 3 by 3 number square is the smallest that can be constructed. It has 2 parallel lines that intersect two more parallel lines.  Thus, 3 x 3 columns of vertical and horizontal numbers, are set on a 2 x 2 set of horizontal and vertical lines.  Note:  By custom, these parallel lines are not encased by a square. Surrounding these nine numbers by a square would then create 4 x 4 parallel lines. In a way, this hides the true nature of the number square in consideration.  Number square perimeters  should be left open ended as in the featured picture. I must confess, some of my earlier number square pictures are encased.

Here is the  mathematical plus one factor: This number square contains the numbers 1 to 9. Any straight row of three totals 15. Opposite numbers total ten. Hence, the following sets of numbers total 10: 4 + 6; 3 + 7; 8 + 2; and 9 + 1. The plus one factor becomes the total of the opposite numbers- 10. Ten is above and beyond the nine. It is not even notated on the prime number square; being invisible, like the Deity. So how does this apply in religious antiquity?

The 1st of the 10 Commandments is the Plus One Factor

The 10 Commandments are thus modeled on the 3 x 3 number square. The 1st commandment is actually not a commandment. It is a statement of the presence of the Deity who is above and beyond everything. He is invisible, like the number 10.  Compare it to the “colel” in numbers. That’s why in the 10 Commandments it becomes a statement as opposed the apparent nature of the other nine numbers.

 

Graphic Polarity Activation

Graphic Polarity Activation on the 3 x 3 Square

Graphic Polarity Activation on the 3 x 3 square. The prime number square of every higher number square is the 3 x 3. The complete, traditional, square is pictured at the bottom of the featured picture. There are a number of possible arrangements, possibly seven. However, the understanding of the distant past begins with this traditional. Many blogs on DSOworks are about this number square. Check them out by key word. They are free to view. I currently have some 570 posts about two primary subjects: (1) Music (2) Number squares. Most of the posts on number squares about the 3 x 3. It is the simplest, yet the most complex. Both of these subjects were the backbone of a former and lost Golden Age.

Graphic polarity activation uses Saturn as a model.
Saturn has numerous rings. The 3 x 3 number square has an infinity of perimeters.

The full set of rings, imaged as Saturn eclipsed the Sun from the vantage of the Cassini orbiter.  It was 1.2 million km distant, on 19 July 2013.  The brightness is exaggerated. Earth appears as a dot at 4 o’clock. Our planet can be seen between the G and E rings. Most important for this blog: The rings of Saturn are the most extensive ring system of any planet in the Solar System. Why is the important? There are three obvious perimeters around this number square. However, the number of possible rings goes to infinity.

Graphic Polarity Activation Instructions

Reference the traditional arrangement at the bottom as I point our a few of the possibilities. Also a have a number of internal links on infinity and this number square. Also, “perfect numbers” favor this number square. Ancients knew this. Today, our civilization does not. Of course, there once was a Golden Age. Today peace and plenty seem be  elusive. Here are a couple of such links on DSOworks.com:

Tens: Here’s the Formula on How Tens Grow into Infinity

High Perfect Numbers in Ancient Times

Graphic Polarity Activation on Isaiah 45:2-3 New International Version (NIV)

I will go before you
    and will level the mountains[a];
I will break down gates of bronze
    and cut through bars of iron.
I will give you hidden treasures,
    riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who summons you by name.

  • How does Isaiah allude to graphic polarity activation with the above? Look at the chapter number. It is 45. Total the numbers 1 to 9 in the grid. The order does not matter. Sum =  45.
  • Next, look at the two verse numbers of the Scripture. They they are verses 2 and 3. The sum of the verse numbers define the central number of the number square. 2 + 3 = 5. “Five” activates the entire system of all number squares. This is the smallest and prototype of all number squares.
  • Breaking the gates of brass and cutting through the bars of iron allude to reading the numbers without the grid. See the internal links above.
  • Specific applications will be covered in future blogs.
  • Please credit an Indian spirit from the Lennie Lenape tribe for my knowledge of this number square. Her haunt is Oquaga Lake at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. I was Scott’s piano player for some 15 summer seasons. There, I encountered the spirit on hikes in the Catskill Mountains.
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    Oquaga Lake is the haunt of the Oquaga spirit of the Lennie Lenape. The resort has been revitalized.  A number of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel TV episodes were just filmed here. The cast and crew loved the place. Watch Oquaga Lake and Scott’s this coming season on the Marvelous Mrs. Maisal.

 

 

Traditional ancient arrangement of the 3 x 3 number square
This number square has been waiting for millennium to be reactivated.

 

One Thread Spans the Globe in Antiquity

One Thread Spans the Globe in Antiquity. Who would think a simple rectangular courtyard in Tikal holds a key to understanding the past? 

One thread spans the globe
View of Mayan courtyard at Tikal. It uses same numbers and proportions as found in Marduk’s ziggurat and the Great Pyramid of Egypt. The connection with the Great Pyramid is in the internal link below.

Measurement Interchange on the Great Pyramid

Here is the comparison of  the numbers and proportions of the Tikal courtyard with the ziggurat at Ur. 
Tikal (/tiˈkɑːl/) (Tik’al in modern Mayan orthography) is the ruin of an ancient city. The location was likely to have been called Yax Mutal. It is found in a rain forest in Guatemala.[2] It  is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization
To find the one thread between Tikal and Babylon look at the courtyard, It is in the featured picture. Ancient priests were interested in common numbers. This is regardless of the choice of ancient measure they used. It was the number that was key. 
The rectangular dimensions of the courtyard were 400 feet by 250 feet. These two numbers are in the ratio of  8 to five respectively. Here is the co-incidence: 

One Thread
The ziggurat was built in seven layers. Marduk’s residence was at the top. The unit of measure  used was called the “gar”. One gar equals 19.2 feet. Its essential rectangular dimensions were 4 x 2.5 gars. Note the similarity to the 400 to 250 feet of the courtyard under discussion. The proportions, obviously, are the same. The Great Pyramid, the Tikal court yard and Marduk’s residence  employ to 8 to 5 ratio.

Fibonacci Series Numbers
Interestingly, eight to five are part of a special series of numbers. These numbers are called the Fibonacci series. They go from 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55…Each number to the right is the sum of the two previous numbers. The series is behind the law of natural growth. Yes, one thread does span the globe. Even more significant, it is a Fibonacci thread!