Enjoy David now playing at the Crab and Fin Restaurant

Patterns are Sought by Nature, Seamstresses and Pianists.

Patterns are Sought by Nature, Seamstresses and Pianists.   A seamstress can use the same pattern on denim or polyester. The design will be the same. Only the fabric for each will differ.

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Nature. piano players, seamstresses…use patterns in this manner. An example being regular polyhedrons, the periodic chart and keyboards. They are all coded by numerical patterns, Here’s how:

  • Nature favors the use of the 5 regular polyhedrons for many of her shapes and forms. Here are their pictures with their names.
Looking for the patterns that overlap these solids and the periodic chart.
Seek patterns in the 5 regular polyhedrons. Then seek them on the periodic chart. You’ll become like a seamstress working our patterns.

How Patterns in Nature Overlap

  • The tetrahedron has 4 triangulated faces. The octahedron has 8. The icosahedron has 20: Thus,  4 + 8 + 20 =32.
  • Next, we look at the polyhedrons with non-triangulated faces. The cube has 6 faces consisting of squares. The dodecahedron has 12 faces of pentagons. Thus, 6 + 12 = 18.

Now let’s look closer at the periodic chart:

  • 18 and 32 are also the primary coding numbers on the periodic chart’s vertical rows. But, you say, the first three orbitals have 2, then 8 then 8 electrons. Just look at the first vertical row of elements (make it larger for viewing).   We start with hydrogen and lithium. The difference in their atomic numbers is 3-1 = 2.  The difference of atomic numbers between the next two,  sodium and lithium is 11- 3 = 8. The difference between the next set of two, potassium and sodium, is 19-11 = 8. Add these numbers together. 2 + 8 + 8 = 18.   Thus 18 and 32 become numerical patterns (18 and 32) shared by the regular polyhedrons and the periodic chart.

Now how does playing the piano tie into all of this? The keyboardist, or pianist, works with patterns in the same way a seamstress or geometer does. Practicing piano trains the brain to see what things have in common. You look for the overall view. This becomes most useful for co-existence with others on this planet. By thinking about what we have in common with other people, we become better human beings. To this end I am offering piano lessons in Sarasota the Spring-Summer season. After Easter, I finish my piano playing contract at the Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande, Fl. If you wish to study,  call any qualified instructor. Improve your mind.  Learn to play the piano. Become a seeker of patterns.End result- I think you will be happier.


Muskets With Music in Glory and Honor

Muskets With Music in Glory and Honor. Music and Military have a history of partnership. Tschaikovsky wrote the Overture of 1812 without muskets. But, canons added to the musical allure. Incidentally, it was written under the sponsorship of a Russian widow. A certain, Mme. von Meck who was a great patron of composers. She also helped Claude Debussy, sponosring his trip to the Orient to study musical styles, . Without sponsors, composers cannot function.  But even worse, they are often derided for not getting a job. If that happens, the quality of music descends to the level of rhythm with a few tones here and there for a primitive type of incantation.  What you get is a rough and brutish, sound.

Composers who love the music have to go through untold hardship. Schubert died an early death from hardships. Mozart suffered the same fate. But it is the culture of a country that dies when artists are not supported. The following has already happened:

  • Rhythmic attempts at writing songs have become the norm.
  • Even rhythmic novelty is lost in favor of a boring and repetitive beat to which people shake and shimmy.
  •  Music like rap becomes as good as it gets. Melody is then replaced by monotonous motifs.
  • Punk rock and hard rock with repetition ad nauseum, played loudly, define the musical culture. Of course the populace complains.
  • Vulgarity joins rhythm. The rule is: The worse the music, the greater the vulgarity. Beautiful melodies are ridiculed.

My wife and I, as composers of opera, operetta, instrumental works and musicals have led challenging lives. But yet, we still  sacrificed for music while raising our family. When times are difficult for many, then melody and beauty return in the culture. This is true for art, music and dance. That is the wave of the future! Sharon and I are happy to ride that wave. Some, who heard our music 5 years ago, are recontacting us, because they also believe the time for beautiful is right.

Enjoy Our Memorial Day 2014 Presentation  Glory and Honor Under the Baton of Bill Barbanera and the Sarasota Concert band- Complete with the Muskets of Civil War Re-Enactors on This youtube presentation.

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two note phrases as taught by Alfred Cortot in the 1920's.

Phrases: How the Romantic Pianists Played Them

Phrases: How the Romantic Pianists Played Two Note Phrases. Two note phrases have an easy ring. After all, it’s just two notes. But easy, it isn’t. Often learning to apply the technique in practice can take a full year. That’s why I’ve provided this tutorial entitled “The Paris Piano Connection.” It contains seven essential piano techniques. All examples are excerpts from my own compositions. The music was created just for this purpose. A full manuscript of music will be available shortly as  a product on DSOworks.com. The reason for the title: My instructor studied in Paris in the  1920’s under Alfred Cortot.

For the blogs, I present the techniques in distinct 7  sections.  Then I feature them together in one number that I call, Twilight in A minor. This particular number I later lengthened.   It is now featured as “Moonlight on the Lake:” See my numerous thumbnails on DSO.com. All presentations there are free. Each one has a full realization in the actual music. They will be available for purchase in the future.  In the complete youtube video, I play  7 sections. Different techniques follow in the “two note phrases” youtube”. However, the technique in consideration is less than a minute. That’s all you need to watch. Each technique will eventually have its own blog. I offer piano lessons in Sarasota.

My Piano Technique and the Voluptuous Two Note Phrases  Have Been Enjoyed At the Gasparilla Inn for the 7th Straight Year

The proof of the pudding is in the tasting. I play for United States Presidents and heads of state in the winter season at the Gasparilla Inn on the isle  Boca Grande. I’ve just completed my 7th year. My instructor, Mischa Kottler, prepared me for a life time career. He studied in Paris in the 1920’s. That is the reason for the Paris Piano Connection.  Then he went on to study with Emil von Sauer in Austria.  Sauer edited all of Brahms’s piano music. He also was a pupil of Franz Liszt. Mischa Kottler soloed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra well into his nineties. On you tube, you can hear him play Chopin’s Minute Waltz like nobody can: He plays it with double notes!

In My Set of 7 Etudes Entitled the Paris Piano Connection, I Demonstrate Classical Two Note Phrases



Musicalfurlong: Binds Music and Measure

Musicalfurlong:  Binds Music and Measure. Over the 1000 meters in the featured picture, is 5 which denotes furlongs of 660 feet. In Neolithic times concepts bonded.  Ancient philosophers stressed similarities over differences. Today. differences are emphasized. One of the numbers that bonds music and measure is  660.  A furlong is 660 feet. The diatonic tone “E”, the interval of a 10th above middle “C” vibrates 660 tines/sec. Wikopedia states an acre is an area that is one furlong long and one chain (66 feet or 22 yards) wide. For this reason, the furlong was once also called an acre’s length.[1]   With regards to music:

  • First, ancient tones of the diatonic scale were known. Issac Asimov lists the tones and vibrations per second  in his On Physics.
  • Measurements were made to correspond with these tones by number in various cultures. Many co-incidences have been introduced in these blogs. Here are the tones and their vibrations per second as per Issac Asimov:
    • Middle “C” vibrates to  264 times per second.
    • D” vibrates to   297 times per second.
    • E –  vibrates to  330 times per second. (An octave lower “E”is the 165/sec,  An octave higher is E-660/sec.)
    • F – vibrates to 352 times per second.
    • G – vibrates to 396 times per second.
    • A – vibrates to 440 times per second.
    • B – vibrates to 495 times per second.
    • C –  vibrates to 528 times per second.

In Neolithic cultures, measure was done by association with music in such a manner.

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Musicalfurlong. 660 could be expressed as a distance. Yet, this  player of the lyre could also play  E-660. Sharing numbers across disciplines was a way of keeping the civilization harmonious.

Another 660 Co-incidence of the  Musicalfurlong

My favorite co-incidence of the musicalfurlong is with the Platonic solids. There are only 5 regular polyhedrons. A 6th is impossible to construct. They are pictured below.

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The faces on the solids are as follows: Tetrahedon has 4 triangles. The cube has 6 squares. An Octahedron has 8 triangles.  The dodechedron has 12 pentagons. The icosahedron has 20 triangles. Square the number of faces on each. Then add them: (4 x 4)  +  (6 x 6)   + (8 x 8)  + (12 x  12)  + ( 20 x 20) = 660.  The 3 x 3 number square sets the pattern for the Platonic solids.

  • As its central number is 5. There are 5 regular polyhedrons.
  • I’ve blogged about how 660 is a characteristic number of the square of three  by double numbers or tens. When the numbers are added vertically or horizontally by tens, their total, either way, is 660. This “grain of mustard seed” unified the Neolithic cultures. Most people look at it and never see its hidden number codes. The Oquaga Spirit introduced me to the secrets the square. Check out her poems for free as a thumbnail on DSOworks.com.





Ravel Has Novelty, Always in Good Taste

Ravel Has Novelty, Always in Good Taste. The Golden Encyclopedia of Music by Norman Lloyd confirms my thoughts. His music is “rarely emotional.” It is as though he wrote waltzes, minuets or sonatas with amusement or affection. Lloyd brings out his contrast with Debussy:

  • Debussy drew much of his inspiration from nature.
  • Ravel received his creative impulses from dance.

The Background of Ravel

Ravel’s mother was a Basque.  That defines a region located around the western end of the Pyrenees (the part shaded red).  It is on the coast of the Bay of Biscay. The Bay straddles parts of north-central Spain, and south-western France.

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Ravel was born in Basque territory(red)  in the town of Clibourne. The French-Spanish connection is obvious.

Part of his soul was Spanish. His masterpiece, Bolero, is an affirmation. Again, we see a prime example of his affinity for dance. Here’s my favorite story. I set it up by contrast to a story about John Cage. The theme for Bolero is only 8 bars long. Its treatment by variations with orchestra is 17 minutes long. But, it builds to one of the greatest climaxes ever.  In his humble manner, Ravel called it: “17 minutes of orchestration without any music.” By contrast John Cage wrote a piece of music that he calls 4’33”. It refers to the time of actual silence. Not one tone is played. You can “hear” it on youtube.

My Upcoming French Piano Concert

I am planning a full piano concert of French piano music from the late 1800’s and early 19oo’s. My instructor, Mischa Kottler, asked me to do such  the concert just before he passed away. He studied in Paris under Alfred Cortot in the 1920’s. Below is a sample of him playing Chopin’s Minute Waltz.

Minute Waltz (Mischa Kottler Version) – YouTube (to be amazed beyond words, click on “youtube” words and watch). He studied it in Paris.


The entries of my own concert will include the following works:

  • by Claude Debussy: Deux Arabesques, the entire Suite Bergamasque, Reverie. the Sarabande from Pour le Piano, Estampes, and La Cathedrale engloutie
  • By Gabriel Faure: Pavane
  • By Maurice Ravel: Sonatine

I will be arranging a date and place in the near future. It will be announced as an event on DSOworks.com. Below is a sample of the concert taken from from my upcoming Debussy CD. It is his Claire de Lune. from the Suite Bergamasque. Click on the title.

Clair de Lune – Suite Bergamasque by Claude Debussy …

Eureka! The mysterious Oquaga Spirit is found here, if you are lucky.

Eureka: Is yelled by Archimedes, then by Ohrenstein

Eureka! was the exclamation of Archimedes of Syracuse. It translates from Greek: “I found it!” He noticed that the level of the water in the bath he was taking rose as he got in. Archimedes then realized this knowledge could be used to determine not only the volume the King’s crown; but if it was made of real gold. The King had expressed a strong wish to know.


Some 2,200  years later I, David Ohrenstein, had been looking for the “grain of mustard seed” from which everything grows.  It has been a life long, personal quest. A spirit, that I call the Oquaga Spirit, verbally gave me the answer.  This spirit has a haunt around Oquaga Lake in the Catskill Mountains near Deposit New York. The lake is spring fed. It is perched at an elevation of about 2,000 feet. The  next 30 years I passed, intensely  researching her words: “If you want to know the source of all the sciences and arts, look more closely at the 3 x 3 number square.”

I now believe what the spirit told me  is truth. The 3 x 3 number square is the grain of mustard seed from which everything grows. The spirit illuminated hidden number codes within the walls of its tick-tack-toe board. It even explained double and spiral coding. As a result, I have written over 1000’s of pages.  Her wisdom redefines knowledge in the sciences and arts. I believe this knowledge will lead to a new Golden Age of “peace and plenty”. I  spent 15 summer seasons on Oquaga Lake as the pianist at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House.  The Oquaga Spirit was a native American Indian of the Lennie Lenape tribe.  Their encampments included this lake. Women were in charge and had the power.

Enjoy this free sample of the Oquaga’s Spirit’s wisdom through her poetry. The complete book is available as a product on DSOworks.com for $2.99.  It has 100 pages of poetry with pictures.  Or, if funds are tight, enjoy this free youtube recording of some of the poetry she dictated. I’ve memorized all her words in the book. Why not invite the Oquaga Spirit to your next program or party? As a pianist, I will be posting a one hour DVD of me playing the music of Claude Debussy in the near future.


Archimedes of Syracuse
Archimedes Thoughtful by Fetti (1620)

Archimedes Thoughtful by Fetti (1620)
Lovespeak as "Love is spoken" at Scott's Oquaga Lake House

Lovespeak at Scotts Oquaga Lakehouse in Deposit, NY

Lovespeak at Scotts Oquaga Lakehouse in Deposit, NY.  As you walk into their office, above the door is a sign. It reads “Love is Spoken Here.” For about 15 Summers seasons I had been the piano player at Scotts Oquaga Lake House.  We resided at Bluestone Farm, close to the lake.  It is actually near the summit of Bluestone Mountain. The mountain is a stone quarry. It provides bluestone rock for fireplaces and stone fences. When our daughter got married, we marked the place settings on flat pieces of the stone.  Incidentally, Stonehenge is built from the same substance.


As you walk into their office, above the door is a sign. It reads “Love is Spoken Here.” Here is the crux: Most of what I have been blogging about was discovered at Scotts.  The source is a female Indian spirit from the Lennie Lenape tribe. The following is the sequence of events that lead to the breakthrough:

  • That summer (1995) we experienced a terrible drought. Our well dried up. We had to move to a cottage on the wonderful lakefront.
  • While I took a brief repose, the spirit made its presence known. It spoke: “If you wish to know the secrets the past “Golden Age”, look at the 3 x 3 number square more carefully.”  My life has never been the same.
"Lovespeak is revealed at Scotts
The old Indian spirit from the Lennie Lenape tribe shared this source of ancient wisdom. Lovespeak comes from this source


I had been searching for the source of lovespeak for decades. The moment that the spirit showed me the hidden codes in the above number square, I recognized the measurements of the Great Pyramid of Egypt. Then I realized one of the main reasons it was built: To demonstrate the numerous ways this mysterious number square functions. The Temple of Solomon was also measured by this code.  So were holy sites worldwide. I have already blogged about many of them. Now I ask all my readers: Are you ready for another Golden Age of peace and plenty? If the answer is yes, then heed her poetry. You can sample them on the youtube thumbnail below.  The poetry is entitled “The Oquaga Spirit Speaks.” It is available on the DSOworks.com  as a product. The 100 page book is $2.99. Share the free thumbnail with friends. I’ve memorized every word.  The spirit is happy to come to your particular event; with me as her spokesman, of course.   -David.



Revival: J.S. Bach is a symbol of a new revival.

Bach: How Romantic Composers Stood on His Shoulders

Bach: How Romantic Composers Stood on His Shoulders. My piano instructor, Mischa Kottler, studied in the Romantic tradition. First he received instructions from Alfred Cortot in Paris. Then he studied under Emil von Sauer, a pupil of Liszt. Mischa’s training was in the 1920’s. Did I ever study Bach with him. The following were just a small part of what he called “going through the mill.” His own practicing in Paris was 14 hours, daily.

Minute Waltz (Mischa Kottler Version) – YouTube (to be amazed beyond words, click on you tube words and watch)


Mischa with David in our Sarasota home
At age 93, Mischa plays a virtuoso arrangement of the Minute Waltz by Chopin us. Now on youtube

Works  by J.S. Bach that I studied under Mischa’s direction included:


  •  12 Little Preludes
  • Two part inventions
  • Three part inventions
  • French Suites
  • Partitas
  • Goldberg Variations
  • Italian Concerto

Bach: Idol of the Romantic Era

In Music of the Romantic Era, author Alfred Einstein recounts the importance of J.S. Bach. He states how after Schubert, every composer of the genre seemed to have leaned on Bach. Later in his life, even Schubert felt the need to absorb counterpoint. He then expressed the wish to study with the “Vieneese oracle of counterpoint”, Simon Secher. Here are a few composers with their indebtedness to this oracle of the baroque era:

  • Berlioz wrote a fugue for a parody in the Desxieme Partie scene in his Damnation of Faust.
  • Mendelssohn approached Bach as a “Gothic master of of music”.  He actually wrote Six Preludes and Fugues Opus 35 in 1837. It was called a Romantic mixture of sacred and secular.
  • Schumann turned to him for counterpoint. He thus acquired a “greater depth of style.”
  • Liszt actually wrote a prelude and fugue on the name of B A C H.  The letter “H” was really Bb.
  • Beethoven used Bach’s counterpoint as inspiration found in the “fugues” of his Op. 106 and 110. He also wrote  a Grosse Fuge in his string quartet, Opus 133.

Conclusion: (1) As long as our culture stands, Bach stands at the pinnacle. (2) Finally, music not that is not based on past tradition will disappear. Bombastic dissonance of the 20th century along with other experimental and novelty techniques for composing will disappear. Check out DSO works for more blogs and free musical treats.


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Photo: Pianist David Ohrenstein playing the Italian Concerto by Bach last Easter Sunday.  Photo by Lili Haggerty.  Her web address is above the picture which she took during its performance at the famed Gasparilla Inn.  The Steinway is vintage.





Mirrors: The Music is the Mirror

Mirrors: The Music is the Mirror. Dancers practice with mirrors. Mirrors are also  part of musical intervals. First, any interval when added to its “inversion” totals nine.  Tonal qualities of intervals are also inverted when the tones are reversed. . Every major interval, when inverted becomes, a minor interval. Every augmented interval, when inverted, becomes a diminished interval.  Interval assume their opposite by sound. Inversion means to reverse the order of the notes. For example, with C to G; when inverted, we  have G to C. The fifth is defined by C to G (G-A-B-C-D or five tones, a 5th). Its inversion to a fourth is defined by G-C (G-A-B-C or 4 tones, a 4th).   The total of the sample of these two inverted intervals is: 4 + 5 = 9. Only perfected intervals do not change quality when inverted. They remain perfect.

Mirrors are part of the Quality and Quantity of Musical Intervals

  • Octave (8)  inverts to a unison (1), or vice versa (8 +1 = 9)
  • 2nd inverts to a 7th as 2 + 7 = 9
  • 3rd inverts to a 6th as 3 + 6 = 9
  • 4th inverts to a 5th as 4 + 5 = 9

When intervals are inverted, their tone qualities also invert. Thus we have:

  • Any major interval becomes a minor when inverted. Conversely any minor interval becomes a major.
  • Any diminished interval becomes augmented when inverted. Conversely, any augmented interval becomes diminished.
  • Only one type of interval remains the same when inverted: The Perfect Interval. In this manner the perfect unison inverts to a perfect octave ( 1 + 8 = 9) The perfect  fifth inverts to a perfect fourth (5 + 4 = 9).

The Five Regular Polyhedrons Behave Exactly As Musical Intervals

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  • The octahedron “inverts” to a cube. Look at these two figures. The octahedron fits into the cube. Its six corners can bisect the six mid- faces of the cube.
  • In a similar way, the icosahedron fits into the dodecahedron. The 12 corners of the icosahedron can bisect the 12 faces is the dodecahedron.
  • The tetrahedron is the only “perfect interval” of the 5 regular polyhedrons. It is the only figure which can inscribe itself in itself: A smaller and up-side-downed tetrahedron is inscribed by the tetrahedron’s 4 corners into the four faces of its self-dual tetrahedron. When these points are connected. The tetrahedron inside is then up-side-down.
Mirrors in Ballet and Music
With Musical Intervals, the Music is the Mirrors

Finally, musical intervals and the Platonic solids share the “rule by nine”.  Again, look at the overall picture. The unison is the basic musical interval. The tetrahedron is the basic regular polyhedron. This is for the following reason:

  • A tetrahedron has 4 triangles. At 180 degrees/triangle, the total degrees is 4 x 180 = 720.
  • The polyhedron with the greatest number of degrees is the dodecahedron with 6,480. This is exactly 9 x 720 = 6,480.
  • Conclusion: Musical intervals and the five regular polyhedrons of geometry share the rule of nine. The also share the principle of inversion. Music mirrors geometry.

Therefore, our music mirrors the 5 regular polyhedrons to perfection. When you play music, you are working with the same material that our cosmos is made of. Check out DSOworks.com for many more blogs.

Sacred Engineers Philosophy- what I learned of antiquity on this lake

Premier of the Oquaga Spirit Speaks-Live

Premier of the Oquaga Spirit Speaks-Live. At long last, the Oquaga Spirit is making its “world premiere” appearance. This is a once in a thousand year event. It is not to be missed.  Feel free to share the wisdom of the spirit with friends.  Indeed, happy times have returned.! This wonderful female spirit from the Lennie Lenape tribe is ready to share her poetry with the public. By watching some of this 14 minute youtube sample, you can:

  • Acquire a happy focus on your life for each and every day
  • Be inspired you to read the Psalms by the poem “Why God Created Man”
  • Savor her insights into nature and man.
  • Share her respect for the environment.
  • Enjoy her humor.
  • Acquire an idea of the presentation I can personally do for your event, meeting, or party.


Preview YouTube video The Oquaga Spirit Speaks

Premiere of the Oquaga Spirit Speaks- a once in a 1,000 year event. He likens it to the Holy Spirit.
Premier of the Oquaga Spirit Speaks. Enjoy the Bass Voice of David Ohrenstein in this short,  youtube rendition. He shares pictures. Also featured will be his Oquaga Lake walking stick

With Her Premier,  Beauty, Calm, and Serenity are Re-Inaugurated


This spirit  loves the culture of our founding forefathers. In her poetry, she refers to some great and  early American patriots. For example , “In Get Thee a Walking Stick”

What a spectrum of sounds
Does the morning walker hear.
He’s more alerted and alive,
Than if awakened by Paul Revere.

This spirit loves music. I play on the touring showboat that circles the lake at 4:30 pm daily. The guests sing from outdated, falling apart small songbooks. The “showboat” is simple and even primitive. Yet, I’ve never heard people have so much enjoyment, fun and pleasure. It is as if everyone become a child again. The Spirit  floats on the lake while we sing. Songs include: “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”, , I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” and Carolina. A medley is relished  by Stephen Foster including Swanee River, Dixie and  Camptown Races. Myron Cohen’s songs include Mary, Give My Regards to Broadway…Songs, that if you are old enough, you may have heard your grandparents sing. That’s tradition. American tradition, that is. As the boat circles the lake, joyful “cottagers” come out. They wave us by, sing-along, and ring bells. We even get a number of canoe escorts that could easily beat us in a race.  The showboat goes exceedingly slow.You can thus  savor every moment.

Premier: Scott's Show Boat of Song in full swing.
Scott’s Showboat of Song Circling the Lake for an Evening Cruise. On the 4th of July, you get a bird’s eye view of the fireworks.


If a sell a book for $2.99, then fine. If not, a won’t cry. My goal, however, is to present the spirit, through her dictated poetry, live.  Her words should be heard live at your event or function. .  Length can range from one poem, to a 45 minute presentation with pictures. Every poem has been memorized. Please watch my youtube presentation for ample samples. Then, if you so desire, contact me through DSOworks,com to discuss any particulars. Most important, please feel free to share this blog. I consider it my most important. Thank you- David.