• A Festschrift for Prof. Kerala J. Snyder


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    Prof. Snyder helped establish a decades-long fruitful collaboration between her home institution – the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York – and the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg. She was awarded the honorary doctorate for her research on seventeenth-century music by composers like Buxtehude and Düben, each with important connections to Sweden, as well as for her contribution to the organ research at GOArt at the University of Gothenburg, and her much appreciated engagement in teaching and advising of a generation of doctoral candidates here. This Festschrift is edited by two of those former students, Joel Speerstra and Johan Norrback, in collaboration with her colleague from Eastman, the musicologist Ralph P. Locke.

    Prof. Snyder established the first peer-reviewed online journal of musicology, “The Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music,” and in that spirit, we honor her with a digital Festschrift that will be published serially throughout her entire 80th birthday year, starting today February 28, 2016. This Festschrift will contain tributes from friends and colleagues as well as articles from the following authors (among others!):


    Edoardo Bellotti, Professor of Organ
    at the Hochschule für Künste, Bremen

    “‘La Notte’ by Antonio Vivaldi”

    Edoardo Bellotti offers his transcription of "La Notte" by Antonio Vivaldi (Op. 8, no. 3), created for the Italian Baroque organ in Rochester, dedicated to Kerala, with gratitude and in testimony of his esteem and friendship.


    Hans Davidsson, “Organ Plus: Developing New Audiences for Organ Music through Collaborative Arts.”


    Michael Dodds, “A Celebratory Canon in the Tradition of Buxtehude and the North German Contrapuntal School.”


    Mary E. Frandsen, Associate Professor of Musicology
    at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana

    "The Anthologies of Ambrosius Profe (1589–1661) and Lutheran Spirituality"

    Mary Frandsen examines Lutheran sacred art music of the seventeenth century using anthologies published by Ambrosius Profe as a lens, and casts new light on the close relationship between devotional music and devotional literature in early modern Lutheranism.


    Frederick K. Gable, “A Favorite Magnificat for Kerry.”


    Sverker Jullander, “In the Footsteps of Buxtehude?: Aspects of Max Reger's Chorale Fantasias.”


    Ralph P. Locke, Professor Emeritus of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York, and senior editor, Eastman Studies in Music (University of Rochester Press)

    "Exotic Elements in Kapsberger's Jesuit Opera (Rome, 1622) Honoring Saints Ignatius and Francis Xavier"

    Ralph Locke presents a detailed exploration of the unique and rarely studied sacred opera by the Venetian composer Giovanni Kapsberger.


    Hans van Nieuwkoop, “The Importance and Context of Seventeenth-Century Organ Registration Practice.”


    Johan Norrback, “The Pinned Barrel as Music Archive.”


    Paul Peeters, “The ‘Carillon’ Organ Stop: A Short (H"story – with a Special Focus on Cavaillé-Coll.”


    Marjorie Roth, Professor of Music at Nazareth College, Rochester, New York and Amerigo Fabbri, Professor of Humanities and the History of Art at Yale, New Haven, Connecticut

    "Theology and Theatre in the Poems of Orlando di Lassos's Prophetiae Sibyllarum"

    Marjorie Roth offers new scholarship on Lasso's Prophetiae Sibyllarum, while Amerigo Fabbri provides new translations and commentary on preserved fifteenth-century theatrical writings and engravings of the Sibyls cycle.


    Sally Allis Sanford, professional singer, voice teacher, and independent scholar

    "A Re-Examination of Port de Voix in the Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries: Possibilities in Vocal Performance" (The file is large because it contains audio.)

    Sally Sanford investigates the port de voix in French vocal music and demonstrates her results in nine sound examples.


    Alexander Silbiger, Professor Emeritus of Music at Duke University, Durham, NC

    "The Notation of Meter and Tempo ca. 1620–1670: Theory and Practice."

    Alexander Silbiger leads us through the complex seventeenth-century landscape of meter and tempo notation that lies between the old mensural system and modern practice.


    Joel Speerstra, “Georg Muffat’s Apparatus Organisticus – an Emblem Book Fit for an Emperor.”


    Jürgen Thym, Professor Emeritus of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York“A Tribute to KERRY SNYDER.”

    Jürgen Thym's personal reflection on Kerala J. Snyder launches our Festschrift and begins our celebration of her jubilee year.

    Ruth Tatlow, Bach Researcher, author of the recently published Bach's Numbers: Compositional Proportion and Significance (2015) and co-founder of Bach Network UK”An English Paragram For Professor Emeritus Kerala Snyder.”

    Ruth Tatlow's paragram is a celebration of Kerala. It is based on historical models like those of Christian Friedrich Henrici (Picander), who was one of the most important poetic sources for J. S. Bach's vocal compositions.


    Joris Verdin, “Towards a Better Understanding of Tempo in the French Organ Music of the Nineteenth Century.”


    Harald Vogel, “Aspects of Communion Music Practice in North German Churches in the Seventeenth Century.”


    Paul Walker, “Johann Rosenmüller and the Rehabilitation of Vocal Fugue in the Second Half of the Seventeenth Century.”


    Daniel Zager, Associate Dean for Sibley Music Library
    at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York

    “Vespers Hymnody as a Context for Organ Composition and Improvisation in Sixteenth- and Early Seventeenth-Century Italy.”

    Daniel Zager introduces us to an interesting repertoire for the organ composed specifically for liturgical use. His study of the rich tradition of Italian Vespers versets opens a new window onto a long and stable historical improvisation and composition practice.


  • Publikationer

    av Hans Davidsson


    Orgelakademi blir Festival och Göteborg får ny konserthusorgel

    Göteborgs internationella orgelakademi har arrangerats sjutton gånger sedan starten 1994. Akademin fick snabbt anseende som en internationellt ledande mötesplats för organister, orgelbyggare, forskare och orgelvänner från hela världen. En viktig orsak till festivalens framgång var Göteborgs utveckling med ett växande antal orglar av hög kvalitet och i olika stilar. I centrum stod den unika barockorgeln i Örgryte nya kyrka, resultatet av ett tioårigt forskningsprojekt vid GOArt, Göteborgs Universitet och Chalmers Tekniska Högskola. I regionen fanns ett rikt orgellandskap med bland annat Sveriges äldsta spelbara orgel i Morlanda, som re-restaurerades och återinvigdes 2002.


    (Faksimil ur Orgelforum 3/2018. Publiceras med benäget bistånd av Orgelforum.)