Magazine article The American Organist

Organista et Homo Doctus: Festschrift Rudolf Walter Zum 90. Geburtstag

Magazine article The American Organist

Organista et Homo Doctus: Festschrift Rudolf Walter Zum 90. Geburtstag

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ORGANISTA ET HOMO DOCTUS FESTSCHRIFT RUDOLF WALTER ZUM 90 GEBURTSTAG, ed. Alfred Reichling. Sankl Augustin: Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag, 2008 Veröffentlichung der Gesellschaft der Orgel· freunde, 233. 304 pp., ill. ISBN 978-3 928412-06-3. euro23. Available from the pub lisher at Siegburger Strasse 73, D-53229 Bonn, Germany; Butz-verlag.de. The Gesellschaft der Orgelfreunde, the German society of friends of the organ, has sponsored several festschrifts honoring German organists and organ scholars: Mundus organorum: Festschrift Walter Supper zum 70. Geburtstag (1978); Musicus doctus: Festschrift für Hans Musch zum 65. Geburtstag (2000); Perspectives on organ playing and musical interpretation: A festschrift for Heinrich Fleischer at 90 (2002); and Dulce melos organorum : Festschrift Alfred Reichling zum 70. Geburtstag (2005). Rudolf Walter is a prominent organist, scholar, and church musician who was active in Germany during the second half of the 20th century. It is Walter's turn to be honored by his colleagues on the occasion of his 90th birthday with a collection of scholarly essays appearing in the GdO's series of publications.

In compiling a festschrift, the editor is at the mercy of the contributors and there are rarely common themes among the various essays. Organista et homo doctus ("Organist and learned person"), whether by accident or design, has almost half of its 20 essays focused on organ history of the 19th or early 20th centuries. These contributions are by Max Reinhard Jaehn (the organbuilder Heinrich Rasche), Christian Lobback (Theodor Vogt and his organ in Nusse), Franz-Josef Vogt (the Walcker organ in Krefeld), Michael Gerhard Kaufmann (the Heinrich Voit & Söhne organ in Karlsruhe-Bulach), Horst Sandner (the Barker-lever in the Walcker organ at the Votivkirche in Vienna), Friedhelm Brusniak and Alfred Reichling ("Orgelspiel" by Hermann Hesse and the organ of the HerzJesu-Kirche in Bremerhaven-Lehe), and Hermann J. …

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