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...
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...
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. ...