As Composer

“Recently, renowned organist Diane Belcher mentioned… that the recording she made in 1999 (JAV 115) on the Rosales/Glatter-Götz organ in the Claremont United Church of Christ, Claremont, California has been released on iTunes. Buy it. This is a smashing recording of wonderful playing on a really thrilling organ… The recording has long been a favorite of mine…

“The first piece on the recording is Tiento de Batalla sobre la Balletto del Granduca by Timothy Tikker, which was commissioned by the organbuilder to showcase the organ’s extraordinary collection of reed voices. The piece opens with a statement of a measured dance, familiar to organists who grew up listening to the recording of E. Power Biggs, and proceeds in a dignified fashion from verse to verse. I picture a large stone hall lit by torches, with heavily costumed people in parade. But about three minutes in, things start to go wrong. It’s as though someone threw funky mushrooms into one of the torches. An odd note pokes through the stately procession – you can forgive it because you hardly notice it. But oops, there’s another – and another – and pretty soon the thing has morphed into a series of maniacal leaps and swoops as the reeds get more and more bawdy. Tikker established a traditional frame on which he hung a thrilling, sometimes terrifying essay on the power of those Rosales reeds…

“Timothy Tikker painted for us a portrait of the march of time.”

– John Bishop, “In the wind…”, The Diapason, September, 2013 

“…a piece commissioned for this convention, Divinum Mysterium: Solemn Meditation by Timothy Tikker (b. 1958).  It is a lovely work, very quiet at first, almost brooding, the music leading into a surrender to faith.  It soon brightened, the manual reflecting the stepwise melody in fast notes while the pedal sounded out the theme in long notes.  All the while a crescendo grew.  It is a fine piece and a good addition to the repertoire.”

– Frank Rippl, The Diapason, March 2009.

“Timothy Tikker’s exciting, hypnotic Toccata Kopanitsa (premiere recording) is cast in the French toccata idiom. It combines diverse elements of Bulgarian dance and Hindu and Indonesian modes. Its effect is reminiscent of the music of Philip Glass.”

– James Hildreth, The American Organist, January 2008

Review of Variations sur un vieux Noel in The American Organist.