Orgel Acusticum vid Luleå tekniska universitet

Piteå Organ Festival & Symposium 2012

Published: 15 June 2012

Piteå, Sweden, 13–22 October, 2012

 

Presentation

The Piteå Organ Festival & Symposium 2012 celebrates the inauguration of the unique organ for the main concert hall of Studio Acusticum, Piteå, Sweden. The organ was built by Gerald Woehl Orgelbau, Marburg, Germany and has been partly funded by the Kempe Foundations. The event is organized by the Department of Arts, Communication and Education at Luleå University of Technology with the support of Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Kempe Foundations, and the Wenner-Gren Foundations, and will take place at Campus Piteå.

 

Background

In recent decades, research related to the organ has developed in several different directions. The relationship between instrument building and repertoires from different epochs has been reconsidered. Research into historical performance practices has expanded from its traditional domain of pre-classical music to the repertoires and practices of the 19th and 20th centuries. Interdisciplinary and practice-based research, involving the collaboration of musicologists and other scholars, organists, organ builders, and scientists in various technical disciplines, has made possible historical reconstructions on an unprecedented level of accuracy, but has also given important impulses for the future development of the instrument. Digital technologies have entered the organ world, not only offering convenient devices for the player, such as combination systems and MIDI playback, but also opening up new artistic possibilities in an intricate and intriguing interplay of the acoustic and electronic sound worlds.

 

The unique organ project – Organ Acusticum at Luleå University of Technology – while building on previous achievements in research and artistic development, also marks new roads for the future. It is conceived in a carefully worked out combination of a historically based core and innovative elements. The organ will, even after its inauguration in October 2012, continue to develop and be equipped with new features. It thus represents a new phase in organ building practice, in which the instrument is seen not as a completed and definitive artefact but rather as an ongoing process.

 

Objectives

In the spirit of Organ Acusticum, Piteå Organ Festival & Symposium takes a broad view of current and past tendencies and developments relating to the organ and its music.

 

The objectives of the event are

–        to assess the current situation of the organ world and of organ-related research

–        to present new findings in organ-related research concerning different epochs

–        to define new areas of research and exploration relating to the organ

–        to serve as a forum for exchange of thoughts and ideas on the organ[s] of the future

–        to offer an environment where specialists in different fields can meet and where ideas for collaborative international research efforts can be born

 

Invited participants include internationally leading performers and scholars covering a broad spectrum of organ-related art and research. The Piteå Organ Festival & Symposium 2012 will include numerous concerts, demonstrating the various capacities of the new organ, in addition to lectures and panel discussions.

 

 

 

PITEÅ ORGAN FESTIVAL & SYMPOSIUM 2012

PROGRAMME

Thursday, October 11

 

19:00 Concert. Studio Acusticum, Concert Hall.

           Electric Banana Band; Markus Wargh, organ

 

Saturday, October 13

 

18:00Organ Inauguration, with speeches

 

19:00 Inauguration Concert. Studio Acusticum, Concert Hall.

           Hans-Ola Ericsson, organ; Lena Weman, traverso;
Anders Hannus, sound director; Birgitta Svendén, presenter

 

 

Sunday, October 14

 

18:15 Introduction to the concert. Studio Acusticum, foyer. Sverker Jullander.

 

19:00 Concert. Studio Acusticum, Concert Hall.

           Kevin Bowyer, organ;
School of Music Chamber Choir, Piteå, Erik Westberg, cond.

 

 

Monday, October 15

The symposium opens

 

Theme: The new organ in Studio Acusticum

 

10:00 Session One. Studio Acusticum, Black Box.

·      The project leader’s perspective: Hans Ola Ericsson

·      The organ builders’ perspective: Gerald Woehl & Simon Buser

 

11:30 Lunch

 

12:30 Lunch Concert. School of Music, Organ Hall

           Sverker Jullander, organ.

 

13:30 Session Two. Studio Acusticum, Black Box.

·      The consultant’s perspective: Harald Vogel (keynote)

·      The advisory committee’s perspective: Hampus Lindwall and Kevin Bowyer

·      A performer-researcher’s perspective: João Segurado

 

 

18:15 Introduction to the concert. Norrfjärden Church. Sverker Jullander.

 

19:00 Concert. Norrfjärden Church.

           Music by Matthias Weckmann and Georg Böhm.

                      Hans Davidsson, organ; Gabriel Davidsson & Stayce Campare, dance.

 

 

Tuesday, October 16

 

Theme: New organs for new music or the other way around?

 

09:00 Session One. Studio Acusticum, Black Box.

·      Peter Williams, “Organs and their music” (keynote)

·      Martin Herchenröder, “The rediscovery of the organ by the avant-garde of the 1960s”

 

11:30 Lunch

 

12:30 Lunch Concert. School of Music, Organ Hall

           Lars Sjöstedt, organ; Maria Sjöstedt, violin

 

13:30 Session Two. Studio Acusticum, Black Box.

·      Christoph Bossert, (title to be decided)

·      Panel discussion: The multi-stylistic organ: compromise or synthesis?

           Introduction and moderator: Hans Hellsten

           Participants: Martin Herchenröder, Peter Williams

 

18:15 Introduction to the concert. Studio Acusticum, foyer. Sverker Jullander.

 

19:00 Concert. Studio Acusticum, Concert Hall.

           “Bach the Imaginator: The idea of programme music in Baroque organ works”,

           Harald Vogel, organ and presenter

 

 

Wednesday, October 17

 

Theme: Bach’s organ music across the centuries

 

09:00Session One. Studio Acusticum, Black Box.

·      William Porter, “Bach and improvisation”

·      Sverker Jullander, “Revival, improvement, fidelity: Aspects of J. S. Bach’s music and the organ in the 19th and early 20th centuries”

·      Kimberly Marshall, “Changing approaches to the interpretation of J. S. Bach’s organ music in the second half of the 20th century”

 

11:30 Lunch

 

12:30 Lunch Concert. School of Music, Organ Hall.

           João Segurado, organ.

 

13:30 Session Two. Studio Acusticum, Black Box.

·      Panel discussion: Bach in the 21st century

           Introduction and moderator: Peter Williams

           Participants: William Porter, Harald Vogel, Kimberly Marshall, Sverker Jullander

 

18:15 Introduction to the concert. Studio Acusticum, foyer. Sverker Jullander.

 

19:00 Concert. Studio Acusticum, Concert Hall.

           “Organ and Film” (silent movie[s] with organ music)

           Hampus Lindwall, organ.

 

 

Thursday, October 18

 

Theme: 19th century French and German organs and their music

 

09:00 Session One. Studio Acusticum, Black Box.

·      Kurt Lueders, “Cavaillé-Coll and the organ composers”

·      Paul Peeters, “Walcker and Cavaillé-Coll: a comparison”

·      Hans Fidom, “The German organ around 1900”

 

11:30 Lunch

 

12:30 Lunch Concert. School of Music, Organ Hall.

           Markus Wargh, organ.

 

13:30 Session Two. Studio Acusticum, Black Box.

·      Panel discussion: 19th-century organs and today’s organ building.

           Participants: Hans Fidom, Kurt Lueders, Paul Peeters

           Moderator: Sverker Jullander

 

18:15 Introduction to the concert. Studio Acusticum, foyer. Sverker Jullander.

 

19:00 Concert. Studio Acusticum, Concert Hall.

           Jean Guillou, organ.

 

 

Friday, October 19

 

Theme: The organ of the future orIs there a future for the organ?

 

09:00 Session One. Studio Acusticum, Black Box.

·      Hans Davidsson, “Back to the future”

·      Panel discussion with introductory statements (10 minutes)

           Moderator: Hans-Ola Ericsson

           Participants: Harald Vogel, Jan Ling, Hampus Lindvall, Hans Davidsson, Kevin Bowyer, Christoph Bossert

 

11:30 Lunch

 

12:30 Lunch Concert. Studio Acusticum, Concert Hall.

           William Porter, organ.

 

13:30 Session Two. Studio Acusticum, Black Box.

·      Presentations of ongoing organ building projects (Bodø, Kassel)

·      Poster session with organ builders

 

18:15 Introduction to the concert. Studio Acusticum, foyer. Sverker Jullander.

 

19:00 Concert. Studio Acusticum, Concert Hall

           Christoph Bossert, organ.

 

 

Sunday, October 21

 

18:15 Introduction to the concert. Studio Acusticum, foyer. Sverker Jullander.

 

19:00 Concert. Studio Acusticum, Concert Hall.

           Benny Andersson, Orsa Spelmän, and others

 

 

Monday, October 22

 

18:15 Introduction to the concert. Studio Acusticum, foyer. Sverker Jullander.

 

19:00 Concert. Studio Acusticum, Concert Hall.

           Gary Verkade, organ

 

 

 

 

ARTISTS AND SPEAKERS

 

 

Benny Andersson, composer, keyboard player, former member of ABBA, founding leader of the Benny Andersson orchestra

Christoph Bossert,Professor of Organ Literature and Liturgical Organ Playing, Head of the Department of Church Music, Hochschule für Musik, Würzburg, Germany.

Kevin Bowyer,University Organist at the University of Glasgow, formerly Senior Lecturer of Organ at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK.

Hans Davidsson,PhD, Professor of Organ at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Copenhagen; Professor of Organ at Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, USA; founder of the Göteborg Organ Art Center (GOArt) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Hans-Ola Ericsson,composer, Professor of Organ at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Luleå University of Technology; Professor of Organ and University Organist at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Hans Fidom,PhD, Senior Lecturer in Organ Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; head of the research centre Orgelpark, Amsterdam.

Hans Hellsten,Professor of Organ at the Malmö School of Music, Lund University.

Martin Herchenröder,Professor of Music Theory at Siegen University, Germany, composer, musicologist.

Sverker Jullander,PhD, Anna Hwass Professor of Musical Performance at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Luleå University of Technology; organist.

Hampus Lindwall,Titular Organist of Eglise Saint-Esprit, Paris.

Jan Ling,PhD, Professor Emeritus of Musicology, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Kurt Lueders,PhD, Professor of Organ at the Music Conservatory of Plaisir (Versailles); lecturer at the Department of Musicology, Sorbonne University, Paris; organist at the Eglise Reformée du Saint-Esprit, Paris.

Kimberly Marshall,PhD, Patricia and Leonard Goldman Professor of Organ, Director of the School of Music, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University.

Paul Peeters,drs., researcher at, and former Director of, the Göteborg Organ Art Center (GOArt), University of Gothenburg, Sweden; PhD student of musicology (dissertation project “French and German Organ Building in the 19th Century: A Comparative Study on the Sound Concepts of Cavaillé-Coll and Walcker”).

William Porter,DMA, Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, USA; Professor of Organ at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

João Segurado,PhD student of Musical Performance at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Luleå University of Technology (dissertation project "The voice of the Woehl organ in Studio Acusticum: An artistic study on the art of voicing"); organist.

Gary Verkade, DMA, Professor of Organ at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Luleå University of Technology.

Harald Vogel,PhD h.c., Professor Emeritus at the Hochschule der Künste, Bremen, founding leader of the Norddeutsche Orgelakademie.

Lena Weman, PhD, Assistant Professor at theSchulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Canada; flutist

Peter Williams,PhD, Professor Emeritus of Musicology, former Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA.

Gerald Woehl,organ builder, founding CEO of Gerald Woehl Orgelbau, Marburg, Germany.