Six theses on the future of Dutch organ culture by Joost Langeveldby Joost Langeveld |Het ORGEL |Year 99 |(2003) |Issue 1
Het ORGEL 99 (2003), nr. 1, 5-7 [summary]
Dutch organ culture is doing well: there are many impressive organs, many recitals and good magazines.
Dutch organ culture is doing not so well: important organs are played less often than before, the average age of organ enthusiasts is increasing.
People tend to leave the church easier than they do organs: whereas the church formerly stimulated interest in organ culture, it does quite the opposite now.
Even the queen of instruments is not any more what she was before: the organ is not needed any more for music in large halls.
Organ recitals alone will not do the trick: they have lost their function.
New functional use of organs should be developed as soon as possible: organ music should be integrated into occasions like expositions, symposia etc., as they require exactly the kind of ritual that the organ is best fit for.