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A Celebration for the Queen


Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10 a.m.

Philharmonie und Musikinstrumenten-Museum SIMPK


For centuries, the organ has rightly been regarded as the “queen” among sound generators: it is the largest and optically usually also the most magnificent instrument of all; not infrequently it has the volume of an entire symphony orchestra. Andreas Sieling, who has been lecturing in organ performance, performance practice and organ building at the Universität der Künste Berlin since 1999, and who also works as the organist at the great Sauer organ in the Berlin Cathedral, is inviting to a “Festival for the Queen” in the Musical Instrument Museum, where he will present works from Purcell to Mendelssohn on historical instruments.

Following this, Guy Bovet will take a seat at the Karl Schuke organ in the philharmonic hall. Besides music by Johann Sebastian Bach, the internationally renowned Swiss organist, a professor at the Basle music conservatory until 2008, will also present a version of his own of Maurice Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye. Furthermore, Trois Danses by Jehan Alain are also on the programme, characterised by all sorts of orientalisms and floating harmonies. Although Alain was killed in the Second World War at the age of just 29, his organ works (of which Bovet has produced a complete recording on the rebuilt Alain family organ) are among the most played of French modernism.

After the concert, a lecture demonstration will take place in the Musical Instrument Museum on the digital and Hammond organs, as well as on the great theatre organ The Mighty Wurlitzer, once developed as a “one-man orchestra” for the musical background music of silent movies.


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