“Bach and the Lutheran Legacy” and
“Female Organists and Composers”
20-29 October, 2017

Don’t Miss the List of Recommended Score Editions and the North German Chorale Fantasias

Did you register early and are an active masterclass participant? Make sure to have a look at our recommended score editions and the list of the North German Chorale Fantasias so that you don’t miss out on anything as an active participant. If you have a question, just leave a comment or contact us.

Score Editions: http://www.organacademy.se/score-editions/
Fantasias: http://www.organacademy.se/north-german-chorale-fantasias/

Small Programme Updates

We have made some small programme updates over the past week where a few sessions have been moved up to half an hour, and one lecture switched with another.

If you have already noted down the schedule in your calendar, make sure you have a look at the updated programme so that you don’t miss anything.

Double Focus: The North German Chorale Fantasias and the Organ Works of Georg Böhm.

This year’s academy has a double focus: The North German Chorale Fantasias and the organ works of Georg Böhm.

The North German Baroque Organ in Örgryte New Church with its four manuals and pedal, subsemi-keys and meantone temperament is the ideal instrument to explore the world of the North German chorale fantasias. The academy offers you a long weekend, where you can experience a substantial number of the choral fantasias: either in concerts, lecture/demonstrations or in Hans Davidsson’s master class.

A keynote lecture by Pieter Dirksen, who is preparing a book about the genre, will provide you with an overview of this important compositional form and update you on the latest research. Bine Katrine Bryndorf will present a lecture/demonstration with some case studies from the perspective of composing music at the keyboard, and Karin Nelson will lecture about Scheidemann’s Magnificat fantasias and compositional techniques. Aspects of performance practice regarding Scheidemann’s choral fantasias will be discussed in Pieter Dirksen’s lecture/demonstration and Joel Speerstra will look at performance practice of chorale fantasias from the rhetorical perspective of acting at the keyboard.

Georg Böhm’s organ music has often remained in the shadow of other North German composers, even though it is very original in its style, of high quality and shows a very rich and diverse palette of forms. An extra opportunity that we can offer is the exploration of Böhm’s compositions in meantone temperament, provided by the Brombaugh organ at Haga Church and the North German Baroque Organ in Örgryte.

Hans Davidsson, who is presently working on a large project focusing on the organ works of Böhm, will teach a master class and in his keynote lecture present an overview of Böhm’s organ compositions (sources, editions, analytical survey). Koos van de Linde will give a lecture about the latest research on Böhm’s organ in Lüneburg, and Ibo Ortgies will talk about the organ as continuo instrument c. 1700 in Northern Germany.

A vespers following the Lüneburg model and with repertoire from Böhm’s time will be performed and Fred Gable will lecture about his findings on the topic. “Georg Böhm at home” will be explored in a concert by Joel Speerstra on clavichord, harpsichord and the 1650-Manderscheidt positive at Artisten: The academy will be concluded with a concert by Hans Davidsson, with (mostly) music by Böhm, as well as poetry and dance, joined by classical dancers Stayce Camparo and Jonathan Davidsson.

Announcing the 2012 Organ Academy

We are proud to announce the 2012 organ academy featuring the North German Choral Fantasias and the organ works of Georg Böhm.

During the academy, you will be able to hear the most major north german choral fantasias as well as learn about the latest research in these fantasias. Among these are the fantasias of Georg Böhm whose work, especially the chorals are of great interest to church musicians.

At the moment, we are currently finalizing the programme and the faculty for the academy, all of which will be available soon.

The Organ Moves Into the Brave New World of the Exhibition (Part 2)

Although the “Great Exhibition” was not the first time an organ or organ parts had been displayed at an exhibition, it was the start of a large series of organ exhibits at world expositions. The “Great Exhibition” had a special section for the organs: “Section II: Machinery” and the instruments and organ parts were categorized under “Class 10: philosophical, musical, horological and surgical instruments.” Apart from three barrel organs by English builders, a specimen of various stops and a special device, eleven organs were displayed; three of them by builders from abroad: France, Germany, and Italy; eight by English builders. Also, a large number of free reed instruments was exhibited. Continue Reading »

The Organ Moves Into the Brave New World of the Exhibition (Part I)

In 1851, the first world’s fair took place in London, officially entitled “The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations,” but better known as the “Great Exhibition.” It was opened on May 1 by Queen Victoria and after the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus had been sung, the Queen walked through the building while the exhibited “organs played marches, each one taking up the music as the Queen approached.” Continue Reading »

The Organ Academy Expands

From the autumn of 2011, the Göteborg International Organ Academy will take on a new role to support new Masters Program in Göteborg. The Organ Academy will still be an international festival inviting all those interested in organ research, building and performance to a meeting place with concerts workshops and seminars. But now it will be annual, and the first Organ Academy in its new form will take place from 15-18 September under the theme “The British Organ in the Nineteenth Century”. Continue Reading »