Surrey Maranatha Organ Concert – Friday June 8 2012
The program includes, among others:
• Handel’s “Cuckoo and the Nightingale”
• Sweelinck’s “Echo Toccata”
• Andriessen’s “Premier Chorale”
• Asma’s Fantasie Psalm 42: 3 and 5
• Jan Zwart’s “Gebed des Heeren” (Lord’s Prayer, Vater Unser)
• Piet van Egmond’s Improvisation about Psalm 65
Feike Asma loved Canada and made many concert tours through Canada and the USA after 1959. He played the rededication concert at Maranatha, Surrey in 1978 and introduced the BC Boys Choir in the Netherlands. He received lessons from Jan Zwart.
Piet van Egmond, also born in 1912, was another legendary Dutch organist widely acclaimed for his most amazing improvisation techniques.
Jan Pzn. Sweelinck was born much earlier, this year 450 years ago. As the organist of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, he found himself in the middle of the events of the Reformation. His music sounded daily as the church was an open and central meeting place in the city. Centuries later, Jan Zwart borrowed heavily from Sweelinck’s music. Jan Zwart in turn taught Feike Asma.