The use of the organ in protestant church services between 1886 and 1938. Part3: The accompanying of congregational singingby Jan Smelik |Het ORGEL |Year 115 |(2019) |Issue 4
Worp 1874 Psalm 130
Improvement of congregational singing could be achieved especially when the organist would ‘play the words’. By far the most writers in Het Orgel were of the opinion that an organist must pay attention to the text when accompanying congregational singing. This text had to influence the registrations and dynamics of the accompaniment and also the harmonization. Also the ‘phrasing’, i.e. the playing of the punctuation, was seen as a possibility to improve congregational singing.