The Arp of the Organ #1929
…a tribute to the foremost organ builder in the North German tradition, Arp Schnitger, on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of his death.
J. S. BACH: Prelude & Fugue in a, BWV 551 –Helmut Walcha (1680 Schnitger/St. Peter & Paul Church, Cappel) Arkiv 474 747 (from the 1950 mono recordings that first brought this instrument to world attention)
DIETERICH BUXTEHUDE: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BuxWV 189. SAMUEL SCHEIDT: Bergamasca. BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in C, BuxWV 139 –Harald Vogel (1686-1692 Schnitger/St. Ludgeri Church, Norden) Organa 3207
• Watch and listen to a demonstration by Thiemo Janssen of the individual stops and ensemble sounds on Norden’s Schnitger organ at the St. Ludgeri Church.
ERNST PEPPING: Gelobet sei Gott in höchsten Ton. BACH: Prelude & Fugue in g, BWV 558 –E. Power Biggs (1687 Schnitger/St. Nicolai & Martini Church, Steinkirchen) Columbia M2S-697 (LP) (the recording…and picture book…that brought Schnitger to so many in the USA)
Filler – SCHEIDEMANN: Lobet den Herren, den er ist sehr Freundlich –Ingo Duwensee (1683 Wilde-Schnitger/St. Jacobus Church, Lüdingsworth) Unda Maris 20451
HANS FREIDRICH MICHEELSEN: 3 Chorale-preludes (Lobe den Herren; Wir glauben all; Nun freut euch lieben Christen) –Leonore Lub (1696 Schnitger Reformed Church, Noordbroek, Netherlands) VLS Records 0305
Filler – BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in D/C, BuxWV 139 (MD&G 3247)
This marks the 300th Anniversary of the death of Arp Schnitger (July 2, 1648-July 28, 1719 buried), the profoundly influential and prolific North German Baroque organ builder whose genius has inspired several generations of craftsmen in the 20th and 21st centuries. A major celebration of his art is scheduled this summer in Germany and the Netherlands. We provide the American perspective, with commentary from American organ builder John Brombaugh.
A superb illustrated book by Cornelius Edskes and Harold Vogel documents Arp Schnitger and His Works.