In memoriam Nico Verrips (1929-2020)

In memoriam Nico Verrips (1929-2020)

Nico Verrips passed away on Saturday, 18 April, in Meppel at the age of 90. As cantor-organist he was associated with the Grote or Mariakerk in Meppel from 1953 to 1990. He also taught for the Church Music Commission of the Dutch Reformed Church. Besides his work as a...
In memoriam Jan J. van den Berg

In memoriam Jan J. van den Berg

On Friday 21 February the organist-composer Jan J. van den Berg passed away in Delft at the age of 90. In 1943 Adriaan C. Schuurman became his teacher. He studied at the Amsterdams Conservatorium with Anthon van der Horst and others. In 1953 he became organist of the...
Barent Smit, organ maker in Hoorn and England

Barent Smit, organ maker in Hoorn and England

With Brexit England tore itself away from the European continent in many ways. In a time when ‘links’ are a slogan, it’s good to zoom in on historical relations between England and the continent. Such relations can be found in the area of organ culture. As an example...
The voicer (1): A portrait of Olav Oussoren

The voicer (1): A portrait of Olav Oussoren

‘We seldom read interviews with or portraits of voicers. I don’t know why. When studying the past, data from voicers is often important for understanding tone color and style, but it is often difficult to find because the voicers worked in the shadow of others.’ Frans...
The use of the organ in protestant church services between 1886 and 1938. Part 6: The use of the organ in protestant church services between 1886 and 1938. Part 5:  the position of the organist

The use of the organ in protestant church services between 1886 and 1938. Part 6: The use of the organ in protestant church services between 1886 and 1938. Part 5: the position of the organist

In this series the author treats various aspects of organ music in church services as these were discussed between 1886 and 1938 in Het Orgel.  In the first installment it was clarified that the year 1938 was chosen because in that year a new hymnal was published. ...