September 6–8, 2018
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The Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies and the Cornell University Music Department are co-sponsoring this conference, conceived in honor of the late Jacques van Oortmerssen whose cosmopolitan organ class in Amsterdam embodied internationalism. A brilliant roster of organists from around the world will offer concerts of music that stretches from the 17th-century golden age of the organ repertoire all the way to the present. Recitalists include (in order of appearance) Kimberly Marshall (USA), Shinon Nakagawa (Japan), Philipp Christ (Germany), Anne Page (UK), Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler (USA), Hans Davidsson (Sweden), Matthias Havinga (The Netherlands), Atsuko Takano (Spain), Annie Laver (USA), Wim Winters (Belgium), Edoardo Bellotti (USA), David Higgs (USA), William Porter (USA) and Annette Richards (USA).
Keynote talks will be given by the acclaimed Bach scholar, conductor and organist John Butt (Gardiner Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow), and by the distinguished expert on organs and their music Andrew McCrea (The Royal College of Organists and the Royal College of Music, London).
Papers presented at the conference, by scholars at all stages of their careers, reflect in imaginative ways on the organ in the global baroque, then and now. Topics will range from the East India Company in the 18th century to Bach, the ‘Baroque’ and the Organ in Japan in the 19th; from diplomatic exchange between China and the West via keyboard instruments, to the global organ business of von Rudolf von Bekerath; from the claviorganum as product of cross-cultural exchange in early modern Spain, to the Organized Piano in late 18th-century North America; and much more. Along the way, we will have the chance to think about questions to do with organ building and trade networks, organists and travel, global materials and musical technologies, colonialism, organs and the material exploitation of the natural world, the organ trade in Asia and South America, and the baroque organ in today’s world.
Cornell’s early 18th-century style baroque organ, built by a consortium of organ-builders and craftspeople at the Gothenburg Organ Art Center and at Parsons Pipe Organ Builders in upstate New York under the artistic direction of Munetaka Yokota – an organ for which Jacques van Oortmerssen was the inspector and a vital musical influence - will be at the center of the festival. Also on the program will be Cornell’s original Neapolitan organ (1748), and a new Friederici-style clavichord by Dietrich Hein.
Events will take place at various locations on the Cornell campus. Space is limited, so we do ask you to please register online in advance.
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