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International Organ Academy Paris 2017

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International Organ Academy Paris 2017

Information and application: www.ORGANpromotion.org     Grand Jeux à Paris – an Organ Tour in memoriam Vierne, Widor, Léfébure-Wély, Guilmant, Messiaen – press review The “Paris Organ Trip” in the week after Easter has been taking place now for more than 20 years. This year, 20 – 23 april 2017, it was devoted to Luois Vierne and Charles-Marie Widor (8oth Anniversary of Death), Louis Lefebure-Wely (200th Anniversary of Birth) Alexandre Guilmant (180th Anniversary of Birth) and Olivier Messiaen( 25th Anniversary of Death). The focus of the course was the churches and organs in Paris where these musicians and composers worked: Institute Nationale des Jeunes Aveugles, St Sulpice, Trinity and Madeleine. Altogether there were 16 organ viewings and course events in 5 days. The high points were two organ courses in Trinity and in Madeleine and the presentations “Guilmant on the Harmonium” and “Lefebure-Wely”. Equally fascinating were the meetings with Parisian Organists Dominique Levacque, David Cassan, Camielle Déruelle, Gabriel Bestion de Camboulas, Carolyn Shuster-Fournier, Frédéric Blanc, Henri de Rohan-Czermak, Daniel Roth, Kurt Lueders, Didier Matry, Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard and Pierre Cambourian. More than 50 participants responded to the invitation from ORGANpromotion and experienced a grand Paris Organ Programme. They were from 9 different countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, USA, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Great Britain. (Leopold Neder Schneider, Munich) Grand Jeux à Paris – eine Orgelreise im Gedenken am Vierne, Widor, Léfébure-Wély, Guilmant, Messiaen – Pressebericht Seit über 20 Jahren gibt es die „Orgeltage Paris“ in der Woche nach Ostern. Dieses Jahr, 20. – 23. April 2017, war die Reise Louis Vierne und Charles-Marie Widor (zum 80. Todestag), Louis Léfébure-Wély (zum 200. Geburtstag), Alexandre Guilmant (zum 180. Geburtstag) und Olivier Messiaen (zum 25. Todestag) gewidmet. Damit lag der Fokus der Reise bei den Kirchen und Instrumenten, wo diese Musiker und Komponisten in Paris gewirkt haben: Institute Nationale des Jeunes Aveugles, Saint Sulpice, Trinité und Madeleine. Insgesamt waren es 16 Orgelbesichtigungen und Programmpunkte in 5 Tagen. Herausragend dabei zwei Orgelkurse in Trinité und in Madeleine und und Vorträge „Guilmant auf den Harmonium“ und „Léfebure-Wély“. Schön die Begegnungen mit den Pariser Organisten Dominique Levacque, David Cassan, Camielle Déruelle, Gabriel Bestion de Camboulas, Carolyn Shuster-Fournier, Frédéric Blanc, Henri de Rohan-Czermak, Daniel Roth, Kurt Lueders, Didier Matry, Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard und Pierre Cambourian. Über 50 Personen aus 9 Ländern (Deutschland, Schweiz, Österreich, USA, Norwegen, Belgien, Niederlande, Frankreich, Großbritanien) folgten der Einladung von ORGANpromotion und erlebten ein großes Pariser Orgelprogramm. (Leopold Neder Schneider, München) Information and application: www.ORGANpromotion.org...

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The 2nd Odoyevsky International Organ Competition

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The 2nd Odoyevsky International Organ Competition

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, We have the pleasure of informing you that the 2nd Odoyevsky International Organ Competition will take place in Moscow from 19 to 27 November. The competition is named after V.F. Odoyevsky (1804-1869), a prominent Russian music critic, writer, philosopher and public figure, one of the founders of Russian musicology and lexicography, and the author of the first original Russian organ compositions; he contributed much to sharpen the interest of the Russian musical circles to organ and to J.S. Bach’s extraordinary personality. The contest consists of four rounds in which participants will play organs of different styles and epochs in five Moscow halls including the Organ Hall of Gnesins Russian Academy of Music where the historic Henry Jones organ (1871) is installed. The 2nd Odoyevsky International Organ Competition 19-27 November 2017, Moscow, 4 rounds, 5 instruments Participant ages-range: 17-33 Application deadline: October 10, 2017 http://gnesin-academy.ru/organ_competition Along with the traditional organ repertoire, the Competition programme includes 20th century compositions, as well as a number of the most notable organ works of Russian composers. The competition jury consists of famous international experts in the art of organ playing. Competition rules, programme requirements and organ specifications are included in the attached documentation file and placed on the website: http://gnesin-academy.ru/organ_competition Competition Documentation Best wishes, Organizing Committee of the 2nd Odoyevsky International Organ...

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A tour of some organs and harpsichords in Groningen and Kampen, Netherlands

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A tour of some organs and harpsichords in Groningen and Kampen, Netherlands

I have returned from a vacation to the Netherlands where I was able to hear and play some fantastic historic and modern organs and harpsichords. Here are some photos. Oude Kerk, Amsterdam. Main organ case is empty for repairs to the pipes. Oude Kerk, Amsterdam. Ahrend-Brunzema organ. Martinikerk, Groningen. Schnitger organ. Groningen, Martinikerk. Schnitger organ.     Neuwolda. Cornelis Bom harpsichord. Neuwolda. Cornelis Bom harpsichord. Neuwolda. Cornelis Bom harpsichord. Noordbroek. Schnitger organ. Kampen. Kampen. Great organ at Bovenkerk. Kampen. Second, modern organ at Bovenkerk. Sietze de Vries Kampen. Bovenkerk. Groningen. Residence organ. Groningen. Titus Crijnen harpsichord after...

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International Organ Competition 2017 in Wuppertal, Germany

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International Organ Competition 2017 in Wuppertal, Germany

English: Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal open their doors for the International Organ Competition between 24 and 27 August 2017. The designated instrument for the competition and ensuing concerts is the Sauer Organ in the internationally renowned Großer Saal of the Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal. Application deadline: 19 May 2017 Please find further information on the website: www.wuppertaler-musiksommer.de Deutsch: Vom 24. bis 27. August 2017 laden die Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln und die Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal zu einem Internationalen Orgelwettbewerb ein. Wettbewerbs- und Konzertinstrument ist die Sauer-Orgel im international gerühmten Großen Saal der Historischen Stadthalle Wuppertal. Bewerbungsschluss: 19. Mai 2017 Nähere Informationen unter: www.wuppertaler-musiksommer.de  ...

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8th International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo

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8th International Organ Competition  Musashino-Tokyo

8th International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo Open to All Organists with No Age Limit For the First Prize Winner: JPY 1,200,000 Concerts in Japan CD release on NAXOS with worldwide distribution Jury: Guy BOVET, chair Hans-Ola ERICSSON Francois ESPINASSE Bernhard HAAS HIROE Rie Susan LANDALE SHIN Dong-ill Audition Jury: KOBAYASHI Hideyuki Jürgen ESSL FASSANG László Venue: Musashino Civic Cultural Hall, Tokyo Organ: Marcussen & Søn (1984) Prospectus: http://www.musashino-culture.or.jp/iocm/pdf/8_prospectus_en.pdf Application Form: http://www.musashino-culture.or.jp/iocm/pdf/8_application_form_en.pdf The deadline of the application is 20 January 2017 (postmark) Secretariat 8th International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo c/o Musashino Shimin Bunka Kaikan 3-9-11 Naka-cho, Musashino, Tokyo 180-0006 JAPAN Tel: +81-(0)422-54-8822 Fax: +81-(0)422-54-2014 www.musashino-culture.or.jp/iocm e-mail:...

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Ground-breaking retrofit stepper system for pipe organs

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Ground-breaking retrofit stepper system for pipe organs

News from Maggie Pemberton in Munich Dear Club Members, This time I would like to tell you about a ground-breaking retrofit stepper system which has only just hit the market.  It is a registered Utility Model and has been developed by Munich-based Burkhard Fischer of “fionic GmbH, Ingenieurbüro für Softwareentwicklung”.  Burkhard Fischer is an organ-player and engineer in one – but modestly declines to be regarded as a kind of “organists’ Einstein”. One of the most striking aspects of the fionic system is the fact that it is external.  Everything can be prepared with great ease and at lightning speed with a few simple mouse clicks on a small laptop or “notebook”.  Another handy feature is that there is a menu in which you can store your combinations alphabetically (e.g. by composer), numerically (e.g. by BWV number) or even by recital date or type of church service. Installation, carried out by Burkhard Fischer personally, is unobtrusive.  There are only some cables at the back of the console; the couple of new pistons/toe pistons go virtually unnoticed and the only other thing you see is the laptop itself, which is normally placed somewhere on the console near the music desk, and which can be disconnected and locked away after use. The dimensions of this new invention can be more readily grasped when you consider the rather unwieldy five-manual console of the Theatinerkirche here in Munich, which basically has just the typical three rows of “free combinations” on offer.  This is obviously enough to accompany a Mass, but clearly presents a concert organist with severe limitations. Exterior of the Theatinerkirche. To the left and in the background, the green domes on the west towers of the Cathedral or “Frauenkirche” Interior of the Theatinerkirche (length 72.5m, width 15.5m, height 28.55m). The pipes of the Schuster organ are concealed in a high chamber opposite the pulpit Closer view of the high altar and east end. Most of the Eisenbarth ranks are underneath the visible pipes behind the altar Pedals of the Theatinerkirche console. Bottom row left are the 5 new toe pistons for the free combinations, plus an extra + stepper piston to the left of the crescendo roller. Bottom row right are the +/- steppers and the canceller (0) Console of the Theatinerkirche with the laptop at top right. Some new pistons can be seen under the dial on the left side of the music desk St. Rupert Ingolstadt       One of the most hair-raising hazards in the Theatinerkirche is the fact that several rows of vital couplers etc. are located effectively out of sight behind the music desk.  Once you’ve put up a Bach album or the gigantic RC hymnbook (measuring approx. 30x23x5 cm when closed and weighing in at over 2 kilos) you have no chance whatsoever of checking – let alone spontaneously altering – what’s going on there. When playing at this console you have to swivel your head wildly from left to right, run your eyes up and down extensive arrays of knobs, scan across all the thumb pistons and squint down around your feet if you suddenly feel the urge to check which ranks and couplers you’ve actually drawn while in the middle of a hymn.  This is exceedingly difficult.  Especially if you are simultaneously trying to keep one eye on the tiny monitor (located during Mass on the top left of the console) focused on the priest, and the other eye on the capricious bulky gadget designed for the organist to indicate the hymn and verse numbers for the congregation in the nave (located...

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