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


Göteborg International Organ Academy 2017

“Bach and the Lutheran Legacy” & “Female Organists and Composers”
In 2017, the Göteborg International Organ Academy’s annual festival takes place from Friday 20 through Sunday 29 October and includes two weekends that feature the festival’s two main themes: Bach and the Lutheran Legacy & Female Organists and Composers.

Bach and the Lutheran Legacy – Weekend 20–22 October
From an early age, Bach was inspired and influenced by Martin Luther’s theology and the texts of his hymns. Their paths crossed in Eisenach, Bach’s birthplace and the city in which Luther went to school and later would translate the New Testament. Many times Bach treated the 35 Luther hymns in his chorale settings (both vocal and organ chorales), cantatas, oratorios and passions. Bach’s library testifies that he was highly interested in theology and about a quarter of his book collection consisted of writings by Luther. Commemorating Luther in 2017 offers a great occasion to focus on Johann Sebastian Bach with a particular focus on how his sacred music is saturated by the Lutheran legacy.

– The Opening Concert of the festival features three Bach cantatas (BWV 4, 79 and 80) performed by Göteborg Baroque together with a festival choir consisting of church musicians from the Diocese of Göteborg under the direction of the international Bach specialist from Japan, the keyboardist and conductor Masaaki Suzuki. Suzuki has performed and recorded all Bach cantatas with his ensemble Bach Collegium Japan.
– In a Weekend Conference with lectures, seminars, presentations and panel sessions, the eminent Bach-scholars Robin A. Leaver (USA) and Ruth Tatlow (UK/Sweden) together with Masaaki Suzuki (Japan), Annette Richards (USA), Massimiliano Guido (Italy) a.o. will guide us through Bach and the Lutheran Legacy. Joel Speerstra at the Academy of Music and Drama (Gothenburg) will present his ongoing research project Creative Keyboards: Affordances for Musician and Instrument, including an experimental concert with Hans-Ola Ericsson (Canada) showing the Baroque Organ as a sound-lab for new creativity.
Hymn Singing Concert with the North German Baroque Organ in Örgryte New Church. Hymn singing is the core of the Lutheran legacy. The unique four-manual Baroque Organ – the largest of its kind in the world – makes hymn singing an unforgettable experience, especially when it is played by one of the world’s finest organ improvisers, Sietze de Vries from the Netherlands. He will accompany the singing audience, improvise preludes and interludes, showing a large variety of improvisation models and styles of accompaniment. This concert will be preceded by a keynote lecture by Robin A. Leaver: Lutheran Chorale in the Pedagogy and Practice of the Bach Circle with musical examples by Sietze de Vries.
Reformation Music from the Choir Library at Lübeck, St. Marien. The leading international scholar on Dieterich Buxtehude, Kerala Snyder (Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester, NY), studied the music from the Choir Library at Lübeck, St. Marien, catalogued all of its repertoire and put this in a database. For the concert with Göteborg Baroque (director Magnus Kjellson) on Friday 27 October in Örgryte New Church, she has made a selection from the library’s repertoire. Kerala Snyder will also lecture on the library’s collection and give an introduction to the concert program.

Female Organists and Composers – Weekend 27–29 October
Female Organists and Composers for the Organ Now, Then, and in the Future: During the second weekend, a particular focus on female organists through the centuries takes place with lectures presented by Karin Nelson (Sweden/Norway), Annette Richards (USA), Erica Johnson (USA), Inge-Lise Ulsrud (Norway), Maria Löfberg and Paula Malmborg-Ward, among others. We celebrate that Elfrida Andrée was appointed the first female Cathedral organist 150 years ago in the cathedral of Göteborg. Leading female organists and composers from all over the world perform, teach, and lecture. Several recitals with music by female composers for the organ are presented throughout the festival.

Five Days of Bach’s Organ and Keyboard Music: tracing the secrets of the complete Clavier-Übung
Johann Sebastian Bach’s music and œuvre offers an endless source of inspiration. His large project in four parts, Clavier-Übung I – II – III – IV, is especially intriguing. During the festival week, each part of the Clavier-Übung will be explored: in concerts, workshops, seminars, lectures, and presentations. The morning sessions led by William Porter (USA) and Hans Davidsson feature Bach’s organ music and are held in Backa church. In the afternoons at Artisten (Organ-hall) we focus on the keyboard works and collections with presentations and workshops led by Lisa Goode-Crawford (USA), Ruth Tatlow (UK/Sweden), Joel Speerstra, Ulrika Davidsson, Anna-Maria McElwin (Finland), among others.

Unga Organister – a Celebration for Young Organists
Friday 27 October, a new organ saga for children will be performed by organist/composer Mikael Fridén and actor Suzanne Rangstedt (in Swedish) in the cathedral, followed by an organ demonstration by prizewinner Katelyn Emerson (USA) and an organ sound workshop with composers Maria Löfberg and Paula Malmborg-Ward.

Free lunch concerts, ‘Bach vid tolvslaget’, and presentations and panel discussions – ‘Bach och Luther vid Götaplatsen’ (in Swedish)
Free lunch concerts with music by Bach are presented every day in the Cathedral or Vasa Church (see schedule). On Friday and Saturday, these concerts start at 12.00, on weekdays at 12.35. On all weekdays, 11.00–13.00, programs with lectures and panel discussions are presented at Stadsbiblioteket (the City Library at Götaplatsen) featuring various aspects of the main themes of the festival.

Organ Inspiration in West Sweden
For the first time the Festival presents several organ recitals in West Sweden. International guests perform in Alingsås, Borås, Mariestad and Morlanda.

The Academy program may be subject to changes.

Friday, October 20, 2017. Bach and the Lutheran Legacy
11:00 Interview with Masaaki Suzuki Interview
12:00 Bach vid tolvslaget – Lunch Concert: Lina Lindkvist and Hans Davidsson, Organ Concert
13:30 - 15:30 Concert rehearsal Göteborg Baroque and Masaaki Suzuki Rehearsal
16:00 - 16:40 Short presentations by Robin A. Leaver: Bach and Luther, and Ruth Tatlow: Bach and Proportion Presentation
16:40 - 17:00 Panel with Robin A. Leaver and Ruth Tatlow Panel
19:00 Bach Cantata Concert, Göteborg Baroque, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor (Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4; Gott, der Herr, ist Sonn’ und Schild, BWV 79; Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80) Opening concert of the Göteborg Organ Festival and International Organ Academy 2017 Concert
Saturday, October 21, 2017
09:00 - 09:45 The Lutheran Legacy: Master students from the Academy of Music and Drama play organ music (Jakob Patriksson, Riccardo Gnudi) Concert
10:15 - 11:00 Keynote Lecture Robin A. Leaver: Bach and Anniversaries of the Reformation Lecture
11:00 - 11:45 Lecture Robin Leaver Lutheran Chorale in the Pedagogy and Practice of the Bach Circle, with musical examples by Sietze de Vries, organ Lecture
12:00 - 13:00 Hymn Singing Concert with Sietze de Vries Concert
14:00 - 16:00 Lectures/Presentations: Ruth Tatlow (Bach as Lutheran Musician and Clavier Übung III), Matthias Lundberg (Luther and Music), Annette Richards (Clavier Übung: Domestic Practise after the Reformation), Kerala Snyder (Vocal and Instrumental Music in Lübeck) Lecture
17:00 Sacred music in secular context – Concert Uwe Steinmetz (saxophone), Daniel Stickan (organ) Concert
18:00 - 18:30 Presentation Uwe Steinmetz: Luther–Bach–Jazz: sacred music in secular context Presentation
21:00 - 22:30 Concert with Bach’s Kunst der Fuge, played by Ulrika Davidsson and Joel Speerstra on the duoclavichord Concert
Sunday, October 22, 2017
11:00 Sunday Liturgy with Bach’s Cantata Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80. Göteborg Baroque, conducted by Magnus Kjellson General
13:00 At the Keyboard in the Shadow of Luther – Organ concert Annette Richards (Brombaugh Organ: 25th Anniversary) Concert
15:00 - 17:30 Lectures/Presentations. 1. Research project Affordances for Musician and Instrument: Joel Speerstra, Hans-Ola Ericsson, Ulrika Davidsson, Mats Arvidsson, and Magnus Kjellson.
2. Lectures: Christina Ekström (Devotional dialogue: Exploring the Musical Repertoire for Solo Voice and Clavichord from Reformation Europe); Ibo Ortgies (Johan Sebastian Bach – Organist as orator)
19:00 Organ Music by female composers (Elsa Barraine, Judith Bingham, Lili Boulanger, Jeanne Demessieux, and Eunyoung Kim) – Organ concert Anne Laver Concert
21:00 New Organ Music for the North German Baroque Organ – Organ concert Hans-Ola Ericsson Concert
Monday, October 23, 2017. Bach’s Organ and Keyboard Music: Tracing the Secrets of the Complete Clavier Übung
09:00 - 11:30 Bach: Organ Music-1
Workshop William Porter (Clavier Übung III and works of free choice)
10:00 - 13:00 SVT:s Orgelkonspiratörerna och invigningskonserten NGORP Presentation
11:00 - 13:00 Föreläsning : Konsten som spegling av tillvarons väsen: Mönster, rötter och förebilder (referenspunkter: Athanasios och Augustinus) Föreläsning
12:35 - 13:00 Bach vid tolvslaget – Lunch Concert: Erica Johnson, Organ Concert
13:00 - 16:15 Bach: Keyboard Works-1
Clavier Übung I + II

Lectures/Presentations: Lisa Goode Crawford, Joel Speerstra, and Ruth Tatlow
17:00 - 17:45 CD-Release Presentation and Concert, Hans Davidsson Concert, Presentation
19:30 - 21:00 Bach’s Clavier Übung I (Six Partitas, BWV 825–830): Concert on Various Keyboard Instruments by Ulrika Davidsson (Partita 1), Shinon Nakagawa (Partita 2), Erica Johnson (Partita 3), William Porter (Partita 4), Joel Speerstra (Partita 5), and Anna Maria McElwain (Partita 6) Concert
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
09:00 - 11:30 Bach: Organ Music-2
Workshop William Porter (Clavier Übung III and works of free choice)
10:00 - 13:00 SVT:s Orgelkonspiratörerna och invigningskonserten NGORP Presentation
11:00 - 13:00 Föreläsning: Nyttans triumf och konsten som verkan: Den lutherska reformationsrörelsen (referenspunkt: Luther) Föreläsning
12:35 - 13:00 Bach vid tolvslaget – Lunch Concert Shinon Nakagawa, Organ Concert
13:00 - 16:15 Bach: Keyboard Works-2
Clavier Übung IV

Lectures/Presentations: Lisa Goode Crawford, Ulrika Davidsson, Joel Speerstra, and Ruth Tatlow
17:00 - 17:45 Bach’s Clavier Übung II (Italian Concerto, BWV 971; Partita, BWV 831): Concert Mayumi Kamata, Harpsichord Concert
19:30 Bach’s Clavier Übung IV (Goldberg Variations, BWV 988): Concert Anna Maria McElwain, Harpsichord Concert
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
09:00 - 11:30 Bach: Organ Music-3
Workshop Hans Davidsson (Clavier Übung III and works of free choice)
10:00 - 13:00 SVT:s Orgelkonspiratörerna och invigningskonserten NGORP Presentation
11:00 - 13:00 Bach–Luther: Föreläsning och diskussion Föreläsning
12:35 - 13:00 Bach vid tolvslaget – Lunch Concert Gabriella Sjöström, Organ Concert
13:00 - 13:45 Bach at the Pedal Clavichord Concert Joel Speerstra, Pedal Clavichord Concert
13:45 - 14:45 Bach: Keyboard Works-3
Other Collections (Well Tempered Clavier, BWV 864–933; Trio Sonatas, BWV 525–530; and Other Collections)

Lectures/Presentations: Ulrika Davidsson, Massimiliano Guido, Joel Speerstra, and Ruth Tatlow
15:00 - 15:45 Bach: Well Tempered Clavier, BWV 864–933 (selection): Concert Ulrika Davidsson, Clavichord Concert
15:45 - 17:00 Bach: Keyboard Works-3
Other Collections: Continuation
19:00 Bach’s Clavier Übung III, BWV 552, 669–689: Concert William Porter, Organ Concert
Thursday, October 26, 2017
09:00 - 11:30 Bach: Organ Music-4
Workshop William Porter (Clavier Übung III and works of free choice)
09:00 - 10:45 Levande Kulturarv: Sveriges Orglar. Rapporter från Inventeringar, Publikationer, Databas m m
Carl Johan Bergsten m fl
11:00 - 13:00 Tema Kyrkomusik och Orgel I Sverige
Medverkande: Fredrik Wetterqwist (KMA), Johannes Landgren, Sverker Jullander, Karin Nelson, Inger-Lise Ulsrud, m fl
12:35 - 13:00 Bach vid tolvslaget – Lunch Concert Ligita Sneibe, Organ Concert
13:00 - 16:30 Bach: Organ Music-5
Clavier Übung III

Lectures/Presentations: Ruth Tatlow, William Porter, Massimiliano Guido, Joel Speerstra
19:00 War and Peace – Concert Katelyn Emerson Concert
21:00 Organ Music by Female Composers (Cécile Chaminade, Signe Lindeman, Jeanne Demessieux, Maja Ratkje, Nadia Boulanger, and Inger-Lise Ulsrud) – Concert Inger-Lise Ulsrud Concert
Friday, October 27, 2017. Female Organists and Composers
09:00 - 11:30 Bach: Organ Music-6
Workshop William Porter (Clavier Übung III and works of free choice)
11:00 - 13:00 Bach och Luther: föreläsning och diskussion Johannes Landgren m fl Föreläsning
12:00 Program for children (in Swedish): Orgelsaga för barn. Mikael Fridén (orgel) och Suzanne Rangstedt (skådespel) Performance
13:00 - 16:15 Bach: Organ Music-7 (Clavier Übung III)
Lectures/Presentations: Massimiliano Guido, Joel Speerstra, Ruth Tatlow, and William Porter
Lecture/Demonstration Hymn Accompaniment: Per Högberg, Organ
14:30 - 18:00 Workshop för unga organister med Maria Löfberg, Paula af Malmborg Ward och Katelyn Emerson Workshop
17:00 Opening Concert of the Weekend Conference Female Organists and Composers:
Annette Richards (Sofia Gubaidulina); Inger-Lise Ulsrud (Signe Lindeman); Karin Nelson (Elfrida Andrée); Gabriella Sjöström
19:00 The Choir Library at Lübeck, St. Marien and Its Repertoire – Introduction to the Concert, Prof. Kerala Snyder Introduction
19:30 Music from the Choir Library at Lübeck, St. Marien, Performed by Göteborg Baroque (Magnus Kjellson, conductor) Concert
Saturday, October 28, 2017
09:00 - 11:30 Lectures/Presentations: Female organists and composers: Annette Richards (Secret music? Daughters, wives and widows at the organ in Lutheran Germany); Anne Laver (Judith Bingham) a. o.
Panel Discussion: Erica Johnson, Inger-Lise Ulsrud, Gabriella Sjöström, and Ligita Sneibe
Lecture, Panel
12:00 Celebrating Elfrida Andrée’s 150th Anniversary Cathedral Organistship in Göteborg – Lunch Concert Karin Nelson, Organ, and a Brass Ensemble Concert
13:00 Lecture Karin Nelson: Elfrida Andrée
Papers Anna Steppler (Profundity at the pedals… at the piano?) and Lisa Benderius (Charlotte Dreyfus and her role in Parisian culture)
15:00 Organ Concert Gabriella Sjöström (Brombaugh & Marcussen Organs) Concert
17:00 Chagall’s Windows: – Concert with music by Petr Eben: Paul Spjuth, Trumpet, and Johannes Landgren, Organ Concert
19:30 - 21:00 North German Baroque Music, Chorale Fantasias and Free Works – Organ Concert by Shinon Nakagawa and Erica Johnson Concert
Sunday, October 29, 2017
11:00 Sunday Liturgy with Organ Improvisation General
13:00 Paper Presentations Presentation
16:00 Organ Music by Female Composers from Latvia
Organ (Indra Rise, Maija Einflede, Dzintra Kurme-Gedroica) – Concert Ligita Sneibe
19:00 This Year’s Organ Academy’s Participant’s Concert Concert
19:30 Organ Music by Female Composers – Final Concert by Erica Johnson (Ethel Smyth and Elizabeth Sterling); Katelyn Emerson (Rachel Laurin); Shinon Nakagawa (Keiko Fujiie and Haruna Miyake) Concert
20:30 Farewell reception (Only for Participants of the Organ Academy’s Full Program) Social