Also a composer and pianist, his keyboard and chamber works have been performed at conventions of the Society of Composers, Inc., and by many organists nationwide. His primary influence has been composer and poet Barney Childs, a guru of Western independence and sophisticated musical thought since the 1950's. Here is a listing of David's compositions.
Of Hatt's piano performances, perhaps the most poignant was of Charles Ives' Piano Sonata No. 1 in Palo Alto, the last known location of the original score. The most infamous was his 18-hour solo version of Erik Satie's Vexations, which made him an instant authority on this unique work. He also is enamored of the piano works of César Franck, specifically the Prelude, Choral and Fugue and the piano version of the Prelude, Fugue and Variation.
David Hatt earned the Master of Arts degree in Keyboard Performance from the University of California, Riverside, following organ study with Raymond Boese and Anthony Newman. A Past Dean of the San Jose Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, he is a valued accompanist for works such as Händel's Messiah, Brahms' German Requiem and Verdi's Four Sacred Pieces. Dave has recorded for the Grenadilla, Advance and Rastascan labels, and he can be heard on a CD of live performances of the music of Louis Vierne at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco. He is currently working on a recording of new piano music featuring Nimbus Moments by Washington composer Lothar Kreck.
He is currently Assistant Cathedral Organist of St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco.
David Hatt is available for concerts and workshops.
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