Structural use of sound and dynamics, illustrated from the perspective of making music on the organ

by Klaas Hoek | Photo's: Ivar van Bekkum | Het ORGEL | Year 116 | (2020) | Issue 1

On Saturday 23 February, 2019, Klaas Hoek defended his doctoral dissertation on “Vormgevend gebruik van klank en dynamiek” in Franeker. The performance of Bach’s Johannes Passion was discussed as an autonomous æsthetical phenomenon. He did his research at the Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven, in coöperation with the Vrije Universiteit and the Orgelpark, both in Amsterdam. Because his research is important for organ music and its performance, Klaas Hoek wrote an article at the request of the editor, in which he focuses on the findings from his dissertation on organ performance.


Uitvoering van ‘Compositions 1960#10’ van La Monte Young in de Der Aa-kerk te Groningen op 25 juni 2015.

Sound files

Iannis Xenakis – Gmeeoorh
uitvoering door Bernhard Haas –
uitvoering door Jan Hage –

Morton Feldman – Principal Sound
uitvoering door Olivier Latry –
uitvoering door Bernhard Haas-

Morton Feldman – Last Pieces
uitvoering door John Tilbury –

La Monte Young: Compositions 1960 #10

La Monte Young: Poem for Chairs, Tables, Benches, etc. (or other sources) – January, 1960

J.S. Bach uit Johannespassion BWV 244: Choral 7

Voorbeeld van musiceren vanuit structuren:

a. Wiener Sängerknaben, Chorus Viennensis, Concentus Musicus Wien
o.l.v. Nikolaus Harnoncourt . J.S. Bach. Johannes-Passion. Teldec Special
Edition 1985: LC 3706, 1985.

b. Opname Orgelpark Amsterdam, 8 april 2017; Asko-koor o.l.v. Jos Leussink.

c. Klaas Hoek; Mannborg zuigwindharmonium Stil 55 (1911), 2016.

Voorbeeld van vormgevend gebruik van klank en dynamiek:

J.P. Sweelinck – Fantasia
Klaas Hoek, Mannborg zuigwindharmonium Stil 55 (1911) – opname 2015.