Organ Professor Jonathan Moyer Gives European Concert Tour
October 5, 2023
Associate Professor of Organ Jonathan Moyer spent part of his summer in Europe on a concert tour that included recitals on three of the most prominent pipe organs in the north German cities of Lüneburg, Hamburg, and Schwerin. The organ of St. Johannis in Lüneburg originated in 1553 by Dutch organ builder Hendrik Niehoff and was enlarged over the ensuing centuries. The prominent organist Georg Böhm served the church from 1698 until his death in 1733 and likely mentored a young Johann Sebastian Bach between 1700-1702. Moyer’s second concert was on the new Flentrop organ (2013) in St. Katharinen, one of Hamburg’s largest churches. The new 4-manual and pedal organ with 61 stops is a replication of the historic organ that was destroyed during WWII. The church boasted some of the most prominent organists of the 17th century and was the site of J.S. Bach’s Hamburg audition in 1720. Moyer’s final concert was on the 1871 organ by Friederich Ladegast in Schwerin Cathedral. The organ was Ladegast’s largest and final instrument and includes an array of ventil pedals and pneumatic assists to aid in the rapid change of tonal registrations, a demand of the prevailing Romantic aesthetic taste. Franz Liszt was a prominent advocate for Ladegast’s instruments and premiered many of his organ works on Ladegast’s instrument in Merseburg Cathedral.
Jonathan Moyer records CD
August 25, 2020
Assistant Professor and Chair of Organ Jonathan Moyer recently completed a CD recording entitled "Voices of the Hanse" for the Gothic Catalogue with digital release on Amazon and Naxos on Aug. 28. The recording features music of 17th-century North German composers within the region of the Hanseatic League, recorded on the 1637 organ by Friederich Stellwagen (1603-1660) in the church of St. Jakobi in Lübeck. The recording was completed during Moyer's 2019 sabbatical exchange at the Musikhochschule, Lübeck. The selected composers and their works represent some of the most important churches in the Hanseatic region of northern Germany, illustrating an array of liturgical tradition, musical style, and compositional evolution.
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