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Richard Wetzel

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Richard Wetzel


Richard D. Wetzel (b. 27 December 1935, Pitman, Pennsylvania) is an American composer, author and educator.

Dr. Wetzel received the Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Pittsburgh, studying under Dénes Bartha, Theodore Finney, and Robert Snow. He joined the faculty of Ohio University in 1970.

Dr. Wetzel's area of emphasis is American music, and he is published in The New Grove Dictionary of American Music and American National Biography. His book, Frontier Musicians, is a definitive work on German-American music of the 18th and 19th centuries. His essays are found in American Music, the journal of the Sonneck Society; Monatshefte; and Essays in American Music (Garland Publishing, 1994). He has just completed a monograph on the life and works of William Cumming Peters (1805-1866).

Wetzel is also a composer and hymnologist, and his liturgical music is found in numerous denominational hymnals, including those published by the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches and the United Church of Christ. A suite for alto saxophone and piano, Narnia Vignettes; a quartet for double reeds, Sonatina Americana, and Sonatina on American Folk Themes for woodwind quintet, are published by Southern Music.

Professor Wetzel was the recipient of Ohio University's Outstanding University Professor Award and is currently chair of Graduate Studies in the School of Music.

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