In the September issue

by Jan Smelik | Het ORGEL | Year 119 | (2023) | Issue 5

The September issue opens with an article on organ models, in particular a recently discovered example made by H.E. Freytag.  The article, by Victor Timmer, contains a contribution made by Bernhardt Edskes shortly before his death in 2022.

Memorable listening experiences can influence our insights and the way we perform compositions.  Jos van der Kooy writes about this in his column ‘Verwondering’ {Amazement}.

William Byrd died 400 years ago.  Reitze Smits makes a plea for the more frequent performance of keyboard music by Byrd on the organ.

Much has been written about the ‘Leipziger Choräle’ of Johann Sebastian Bach, which were collected by him in a single manuscript.  Albert Clement discusses several aspects which have been heretofore neglected:  the backgrounds, the structure of the collection, and the topic of collecting by Bach at the end of his life.

Hans Fidom writes about the Scottish composer Claire M. Singer, who will give a concert on 11 November in the Orgelpark.  During several days in March she made a preliminary study of the Utopa Baroque orgean, the Sauer organ, the Onderhorst organ, and the Verschueren organ.

Reger’s jubilee year is commemorated by an article on expressive text setting in the chorale-fantasies of Max Reger.  The chorale texts are the basis of the musical form, and determine the sound that goes with an individual word or line.   Iddo van der Giessen presents a number of examples in his article.

Editor-in-chief Jan Smelik attended two days of the organ-week “” in Groningen, and presents a report in words and pictures.

Bert den Hertog presents the rubric ‘orgelbouwnieuws’ {organ-building news}, with projects in Apeldoorn, Castricum, Damwoude, Enschede, Gouda, Rijsoord, Sneek and Zuidlaren.

There are two reviews in the September issue:  Sietze de Vries discusses the book ‘Die Orgeln der Hofkirche Innsbruck und ihr kulturelles Umfeld: Geschichte und Gegenwart’.  Christopher Anderson’s book on Karl Straube is reviewed by Hans Fidom.

The issue closes with the 5th article in the series ‘Antwerpse vormgevers van barokke orgelfronten’ {Designers of baroque organ façades in Antwerp} by Auke H. Vlagsma.  In this article he discusses the façade of the Verhofstadt organ in de Oud-Katholieke Kerk ‘Het Paradijs’ in Rotterdam.