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Orphei Organi Antiqui: Essays in Honor of Harald Vogel, ed. Cleveland Johnson

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Orphei Organi Antiqui: Essays in Honor of Harald Vogel
Cleveland Johnson, editor

400 pages, many photographs
21 articles, seven in German with English abstracts

Orphei Organi Antiqui, "for the Orpheus of the Historic Organ," is a book of essays about organs that celebrates the multifaceted career and visionary endeavors of Harald Vogel, a pioneering authority on German keyboard performance of the eighteenth-century and earlier.

Since 1994, Vogel has held a professorship at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen where he continues a distinguished career of teaching and research reaching back more than thirty years. His North German Organ Academy, founded in 1972, has facilitated the research and exploration of historic keyboard instruments by international performers and scholars. As Superintendent of Church Music and Organ Advisor for the Reformed Church in Northwest Germany, and as an organ consultant worldwide, he has been pivotal in many landmark restorations of historic organs and in the building of new instruments inspired by historic examples. These instruments are documented in his many recordings, most recently on the Organeum and Loft Recordings labels, and his earlier Radio Bremen recordings (1961-73) remain some of the most important sound documents of their kind. His print publications include Orgeln in niedersachsen (Hauschild-Verlag, 1997), Orgellandschaft Ostfriesland (SKN-Verlag, 1996), and a new edition of Samuel Scheidt's Tabulatura nova (Breitkopf, 1994-2002). This Festschrift publication, in celebration of Vogel's 65th birthday, brings together twenty-one articles and essays on topics reflecting the colorful spectrum of his interests.
The volume begins with writings about Harald Vogel---the man, teacher, performer, and scholar. Further contributions deal with issues of keyboard literature, performance practice, improvisation, congregational singing, organ restoration, and organ culture. Contributing authors include John Brombaugh, Elizabeth Harrison, Masakata Kanazawa, Axel Unnerbäck, Michael Belotti, Konrad Brandt, Pieter Dirksen, Frederick K. Gable, Sverker Jullander, Klaas Bolt, Wim Kloppenburg, Keith Hill & Marianne Ploger, William Porter, Laurence Libin, Lynn Edwards Butler & Gregory Butler, Felix Friedrich, Ibo Ortgies, Paul Peeters, Edward Charles Pepe, Bruce Shull, Joel Speerstra.
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  • John Brombaugh: Harald Vogel’s Influence on Contemporary Organbuilding: One Organbuilder’s Story
  • Elizabeth Harrison: Harald Vogel: Teacher
  • Masakata Kanazawa: Harald Vogel as Catalyst in Japanese Organ Culture
  • Axel Unnerbäck: Von “Schnitgerwoche” zu “Schwedenwoche”

  • Michael Belotti: “Gleichwie sich fein ein Vöglein….” Zu den Choralbicinien Johann Pachelbels
  • Konrad Brandt: Anmerkungen zu Stil und Satztechnik in Samuel Scheidts Görlitzer Tabulaturbuch
  • Pieter Dirksen: The Enigma of the stylus phantasticus and Dietrich Buxtehude’s Praeludium in G Minor (BuxWV 163)
  • Frederick K. Gable: Zusammenhänge Zwischen den Vokal- und Orgel-Magnificats von Hieronymus Praetorius
  • Sverker Jullander: A Late-Romantic Motet Intabulation: Sigfrid Karg-Elert's Organ Transcription of J.S. Bach's “Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied”
  • Klaas Bolt: Congregational Singing in a Crisis Situation (re-publication)
  • Wim Kloppenburg: The Beauty of Unpolished Congregational Singing: The Concepts of Klaas Bolt
  • Keith Hill and Marianne Ploger: The Craft of Musical Communication
  • William Porter: Johann Herbst's Arte prattica & poëtica: A Window into German Improvisational Practice in the Mid-seventeenth Century
  • Laurence Libin: The Future of Historical Organs from a Curatorial Perspective.
  • Lynn Edwards Butler &Gregory Butler: “Rare, Newly Invented Stops”: Scheibe's Organ for St. Paul's Church, Leipzig
  • Felix Friedrich: Heitere Anekdoten um den Hoforganisten Johann Ludwig Krebs und den Hoforgelbauer Tobias Heinrich Gottfried Trost
  • Ibo Ortgies: Über den Umbau der großen Orgel der Marienkirche zu Lübeck durch Friedrich Stellwagen, 1637-1641
  • Paul Peeters: Eine Lütticher Quelle zur Verbreitung des gleichstufigen 19tönigen Stimmungssystems in der ersten Hälfte des 17. Jahrhunderts
  • Edward Charles Pepe: Modernism, Mexico, and Musical Instrument Restoration
  • Bruce Shull: David Tannenberg: Remnant of a Lost European Organ Culture?
  • Joel Speerstra: The Compenius Organ: An Alchemical Wedding of Sound and Symbol

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