A forgotten performance practice in romantic music

A forgotten performance practice in romantic music

The Fantasie und Fuge über den Choral “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam“ is not only the earliest organ work of Franz Liszt (1811-1886), but is also his longest, technically most demanding, and musically most complex.  This composition, on a theme from the opera LeProphète...
In memoriam Teus den Toom

In memoriam Teus den Toom

Teus den Toom passed away on 19 July at the age of 77.  Teunis Willem Frederik den Toom was born on 7 December, 1943, in Molenaarsgraaf.  After completing secondary school {HBS-A at the Chr.  HBS te Gorinchem (1961)} he studied at the Nederlandse Economische...
Sweelinck’s Ricercar

Sweelinck’s Ricercar

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck is one of the few keyboard composers who treated the organ and strung keyboard instruments, in his case the harpsichord, equally.  The only composer who can be compared with him in this is Johann Sebastian Bach.  Although the sources do not...
The organ consultant of the future

The organ consultant of the future

Anyone who wants to place an organ in a church or public space, or to alter or restore an existing organ, has generally speaking the responsibility to spend public funds properly.  The organ must be well built or restored.  Those who awarded the contract usually have...
The Clerinx organ in the St.-Lambertuskerk in Nederweert

The Clerinx organ in the St.-Lambertuskerk in Nederweert

From May 2019 to July 2020 the firm Van Rossum (Wijk en Aalburg) restored the Clerinx organ in the Sint-Lambertuskerk in Nederweert.  The inauguration was on Friday, 31 July, 2020;  because of the coronavirus, only a small number could be present. There was also an...
Cornelis Rogier and his notebook Part 2

Cornelis Rogier and his notebook Part 2

In the first part of this article a biographical sketch was presented, and the notes on organs were discussed.  Part 2 discusses some of Rogier’s new insights on organs, augmenting information in earlier publications, with special attention for his possible teacher,...
Cornelis Rogier and his notebook (1)

Cornelis Rogier and his notebook (1)

Cabinet maker and organ builder Cornelis Rogier (1804-1885) worked during half a century in and around Bergen op Zoom.  In 1837 he began making notes in a notebook that he kept up to an very old age.  The Geschiedkundige Kring (historical club) of Bergen op Zoom...
Christian Müller:   genius or co-genius?

Christian Müller: genius or co-genius?

The Müller organ in the Grote of Sint Bavokerk in Haarlem has been justly world-famous for several centuries.  First impressions have a lot to do with this:   the incomparable case is beyond competition.  Few organ façades have been so often reproduced and...