Orphei Organi AntiquiEssays in Honor of Harald Vogel, edited by Cleveland Johnson
Orcas, WA: Westfield Center, 2006
400 pages, photographs
21 articles, seven in German with English abstracts
Orphei Organi Antiqui, "for the Orpheus of the Historic Organ," 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.
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.