In June 2018, members of Boston Organ Studio will travel to Northern Europe to explore the region's rich musical landscape. Through visits to influential and historic instruments, the repertoire we study will be enhanced and our knowledge increased. In masterclasses with leaders in our field, our perspectives on performance will be broadened.
Beginning in Groningen, the Netherlands, we will visit some of the best-preserved 17th-century instruments in Europe — including the famous 1692 Schnitger organ of the Martini Kerk. Continuing through Hamburg, Germany to Göteborg, Sweden, we will there encounter a 21st-century scientific-based construction of a "17th-century Schnitger" organ, allowing us to compare its sounds with the originals we will have already played. In Denmark, we will visit the church where Dietrich Buxtehude served as organist early in his career and play the notable 1610 Compenius Organ, constructed exclusively of wooden pipes, in Frederiksborg Castle. Along the way, we will also encounter authentic Cavaillé-Coll, Willis, and Lundén organs (French, English, and Scandinavian/German Romantic), enabling us to perform our 19th and 20th-century repertoire and hear it in new and enlightening ways.