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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Nocturnes of Chopin are Still Highly Cutting Edge in Novelty

Nocturnes by Chopin are still Highly Cutting Edge in Novelty .  This is true even by today’s standards.  One of the nocturnes written by Chopin will serve for today’s blog: It is Opus 37, No. 2. Chopin goes from one key signature to the next, quickly. Like a great painter,constantly changing he colors. Yet the entire work holds together beautifully. This opus is like a musical kaleidoscope of harmonies. They shift continually.  Chopin was highly experimental. No matter what key this nocturne goes into, he changes the sharps and flats- not the key signature. Throughout the entire score, you see the “F#”, which here denotes the key of G major. In most music, same key signature with continual modulations by “accidentals” rarely happens.  As I fascinatingly practice this work, the continual “F#” really stands out against, say, six flats. Yet,  the work hangs together for an unforgettable aesthetic experience.

All About  Nocturnes

Generally they have a calm feeling. Surprisingly, an Irishman, John Field (1792-1837), is said to have originated the form. Today the Nocturne’s lingering melodies are almost totally abandoned in favor of music that has short rhythmic outbursts. A fairly recent exception is the Harlem Nocturne. The Duke can thank the Irish fellow and Polish fellow for the form title. They have long melodic lines with ornaments. Often they are played with rhythmic freedom. The nocturne was even favored a century early by composers. It was called the notturno. It spelled out nighttime entertainment. The pieces were generally light, short, and meant to be played outdoors. The Moon, of course, was the featured background. Even Haydn wrote a set of notturnos for the king of Naples in 1790.

My Prediction for Nocturnes

Long melodic lines have been on the “outs” for decades. Everything is cyclic. They will return sooner rather than later as an art form. Beautiful is coming back. Take heart. The cycle of beautiful is only about 50 years overdue. Right now I am offering piano lessons in Sarasota. Here is an update: Beginning Dec 20th 2017 I will  play 6 days weekly on their new reburbished 1924 Steinway Grand. It has the sweetest sound of any piano on Earth!  Thank you master technician Larry Keckler for rebuilidng the piano!

Duke Ellington’s Harlem Nocturne – YouTube

Nov 11, 2009 – Uploaded by TheYellowTelevision

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra’s rendition of the jazz classic,Harlem Nocturne.

Mix – Chopin Nocturne – No 12 in G Major Op 37-2YouTube

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 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 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



Ahav and Love. The Sign Over Scott's entrance states Love is Spoken Here

Oquagaspirit Speaks “of Her Lake and Hills”

Oquagaspirit:  A book of poetry called The Oquaga Spirit Speaks was communicated to me by a female Indian spirit. She was with the Lennie Lenape tribe.  The spring fed lake is nestled on a mountain top. It is perched over the town of Deposit in New York.  To this day, the water is crystal clear. Here’s what makes the poetry special:

  • Almost every poem was dictated while I was actively hiking around Oquaga Lake.
  •  I was able to sense the spirit’s presence with every poem.
  • The Oquagaspirit spoke of lost knowledge.  She introduced me to the number squares and their hidden mathematical codes. They are the basis of my blogs.
  • The Spirit also offered me the some of the poetry with visions.

Below is a youtube sample. As I’ve committed every word of memory,my goal is to tour as a poet. These poems can also do for you what they’ve done for me:

  • The greatly increased my happiness level.
  • Offered me a sense of calm and peace of mind.
  • Relieving tension through laughter.
  • Provided quotable lines for all types of occasions.

The sample poem below, “Never, Never Sit Still“, was dictated at the corner of Oquaga Lake and Hanson Roads. The roads meet at the NW corner. Hanson’s Hotel of Hospitality used to be the belle of Oquaga Lake.

A picture of one of the hotels favored by the Oquagaspirit. Like the glory that was the Roman Empire, It's no longer there..
The Oquagaspirit also floated around Hanson’s Hotel of Hospitality

At present, only Scott’s Oquaga Lake House remains on the lake. As of today, it is to be open mainly just for rooms. Another resort, Chestnut Inn, is beautifully maintained; but they have been closed for years. Maybe they’ll reopen? Another hotel was Alexander’s bed in Breakfast. One of the upcoming blogs will be the story of what the Oquagaspirit did to Alexander and his hounds. The story scarier that any horror movie because- it is true. Keep watching my blogs for this chilling story.

Examples of the wisdom found in the poetry of The Oquagaspirit Speaks- Poem entitled  “Never, Never, Sit Still”

Be like the wind to renew
Circulate and blow through
Keeping in motion
Is youth’s potion
Never, never, sit still.

Air that sits in mass
Stifles and doesn’t pass.
It grows stale
And makes one pale.
Never, never, sit still.

The swamp decays
On stillborn days
The stagnant calls for storm.

Keep the heart pumping
Keep the mind thinking.
Never,never, sit still.

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.

Music inspired by Ancient Greece
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





Musicalrod traces back to the goddess culture.

Musicalrod traces back to the goddess culture. What is a musicalrod?  First of all, what is a rod? In the United Kingdom, some gardens are measured in rods. Its use in England is documented and standardized in the 12 century. Ploughers used sticks a rod long to guide their oxen. However, the use of the 16.5 foot long rod dates back to prehistory. Numbers squares were “queen” in the goddess cultures. The prime number square is the 3 x 3. Not only measures, but musical tones were set by this basic square. But first, it is necessary to discover its hidden codes. It had a standard arrangement of numbers. China refers to it as the Lo Shu. Here’s what you need to know to understand this blog:

  • Although this little puzzle seems simple, it’s also quite complex. Children play with it by the 3rd grade: Arrange the numbers so any row of 3 numbers equals 15. At the same time opposite numbers are arrange around the perimeter so that they total 10.
  • My source for the next point is the Oquaga Spirit from the Lennie Lenape Tribe in upstate New York. This knowledge may also lie buried in a forgotten Masonic book. This female spirit dictated a book of poetry to me on my hikes around beautiful Oquaga Lake. Its 100 pages of poetry and pictures are now available as a product at This Indian female spirit removed the lines from the number square and showed me how it worked. Please refer to thissquare pictured below as I describe it.  The rod will “magically” appear.
  • Take the numbers two at the time working the perimeter  as follows. Thus we have: 49 + 35 + 81 = 165. Then, 94 + 53 + 18 = 165. Then, 43 + 95 + 27 =165….
  • The total of all vertical combinations is 660. That is the ancient diatonic tone “E” (an octave higher than the 330).  The total of all horizontal combinations is 660, that is “E” again. The total of all diagonal combinations two numbers at the time is 440. That defines standard “A” that our musicians tune to. .  “A” to “E” defines the basic musical fifth of music of musical overtones and tuning.
  • Of course 660 + 660 + 440 = 1760. That is the number of yards in a 5.280 foot mile.
  • 16.5 taken as 165 is the octave lower diatonic tone “E”. 330 becomes an octave higher. I will list the tones given by Issac Asimov in On Physics for reference.

The Musicalrod makes its appearance. Issac Asimov and Others Agree on the List below.

    • 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 is the 165).
    • 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.


The numbers 165 of the musicalrod are found in this number square.
Music and Measurement were set by the hidden number codes of this “grain of mustard seed.”This is the standard arrangement of antiquity.

Conclusion: (1) The musicalrod fuses the tones of ancient diatonic scale and measurement of all types. In this case we see the 16.5 foot rod and the tone “E”. (2) The number squares of the goddess cultures offer mankind a model for unity that works. It is time to reactivate these squares. The unity it holds will bring peace to mankind. -David

A musicalmile

Musicalmile is a Masonic Unit of Measure

Musicalmile is a Masonic Unit of Measure. Ancient tones of the diatonic musical scale are well known and defined. Their numbers by vibrations per second were also used for  measure. Issac Asimov, for one,  lists these tones in On Physics. Guy Murchie, in Music of the Spheres, lists the same numbers. Every single tone was used in for measure in the Neolithic goddess culture construction.  The general practice was to translate vibrations per second to units of measure that characterized a particular culture. Ancient Greek writers allude to this tradition. They call call architecture frozen music. Goethe elaborates on this quote:


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Here are some tones of the diatonic scale. Vibrations per second of the ascending  diatonic scale in the key of “C” . I’ve blogged about a master temple plan that was made from musical numbers. The Indian Oquaga Spirit gave me a vision of the design.  The list below from the sources given above:
  • Middle “C” vibrates to  264 times per second.
  • D” vibrates to   297 times per second.
  • E –  vibrates to  330 times per second.
  • 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.

These numbers were freely multiplied by 10 when larger measurements were desired. Thus, we have the musicalmile.  Many of my blogs are about number squares. The characteristic number of the 3 x 3 square is 10. Any two opposite numbers around the perimeter total 10. Antiquity favored such associations. The 3 x 3 number square was “the grain of mustard seed.” Also, it was considered the numerical square of  the ancient god of engineering, Saturn,  par excellence. Read my blogs on

The musicalmile ( as 528 yards) finds expression by number at the Great Mosque of Akbar
The Great Mosque of Akbar in Turkey translated diatonic C/528 vibrations per second to a perimeter of 528 yards. An ancient Masonic tradition has survived.

Why bother with all this? At one time civilization had harmony and peace. Lack of warfare was not uncommon in goddess cultures. They existed  before 4350 B.C. Riane Eisler covers the subject in The Chalice and the Blade. We are about to return to a Golden Age of peace and plenty. Music will lead the way. That’s why King David was a musician first. Over time, I will blog about sites built by music. Part of this return to a Golden Age is to rebuild or refurbish “musical” sites. We must create a greater awareness of what music and harmony can do for mankind.




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 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 …

Fire Section of My Complete Elemental Suite for Piano

Fire Section of My  Complete Elemental Suite for piano. Ancient sages believed in five elements. They were earth, air, fire, water and ether. The 5th element was a single composite, supernal element beyond the other four. These five elements were thought to be the source of creation. In fact,they are. However, they have been misunderstood. Here’s the take I was shown by the Oquaga Spirit. This Indian female spirit from the Lennie Lenape  demonstrated how the cosmos comes from two types of number squares:

  • Ether comes from the initial or first number square in order of size that can be built: 3 x 3

The smallest of the number squares was invoked on the 6th day of Creation when God said it was "very good."
The source of ether is number 5. It is the only number at the center of the 1st number square.

The two types are either odd and even numbered. The prototypes are the 3 x 3 and the 4 x 4. The first number square(above) , from smallest to biggest, is the 3 x 3. Only one number is at its center. It’s number five. That number represents  ether. Then, the first even number square is 4 x 4. It consists of 16 numbers. Four numbers sit at its center. These are the 4 elements. The 1st chapter of Genesis is also about how God used these two number squares for His Creation. Thus, the 5 elements of antiquity total the two types of centers in the first two number squares: Odd and even.  The goddess cultures were all about  number squares and how they expressed basic cosmic laws.  In my current 150 blogs on DSO works, I go into great detail on this subject. All posts are very easy to access.

The Four Elements, including Fire, Come From the 1st Evenly Numbered “Magic Square.”

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Fire: Is one of the 5 elements God used for creation. It is one of the 4 elements at this square’s center.

In my Elemental Suite, this element, expresses its characteristic essence. Fire represents spirit and life. Note the expression “the spark of life.” It’s energetic. The symbol is a triangle pointing upwards. Fire is closely connected to passion and sexual energy. The pyramid shape is also represented by the triangle of “fire”. On the youtube video below we have different types of flames:

  • The raging power of fire expressed at the opening played in  a military manner.
  • A more gentle, feminine but yet passionate fire as the 2nd theme.
  • A smoldering fire in the  middle section that builds to the repeat.
  • The repeated section ends with a blaze of glory.

I am available for concerts of my own music. Check some of my piano compositions and arrangements on DSOworks. Below is the feature. Also, Sharon and I have co-written numerous musicals over the years. Check out our products page for samples. Hope you enjoy this selection. Incidentally, look out the window on the youtube sample. You can actually see shades of beautiful Oquaga Lake in the background. The Indian spirit that resides there taught me about the  number squares of older civilizations and how they were used by American Indian tribes.

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 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)