Jolanda Zwoferink: The performance practice of the organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach

The performance practice of the organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach in relation to the central German organ of the eighteenth century in general and the instruments of Gottfried Silbermann in particular.

Jolanda Zwoferink

  • Research Unit Music & Drama
  • Research Group Performance Practice & Composition

On my three Bach CDs issued on the Prestare label and recorded on the Gottfried Silbermann organ in the Cathedral of Ss. Trinitatis in Dresden, my artistic approach to performance and registration was basically intuitive. Of the Silbermann organ I wrote: ‘I believe I have found the source [for Bach, JZ] in this instrument by Gottfried Silbermann’. From a premise by Prof. Dr Ewald Kooiman - ‘The organs of Gottfried Silbermann may not be viewed as ideal instruments for the interpretation of Bach’s music’ – it is clear that opinions strongly differ. My research will give me fresh insight concerning the most appropriate ‘Bach organ’, central German organ building in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and historically informed performance practice, and provide answers to the questions: to what extent, following a doctorate in the arts, can I consider the Gottfried Silbermann instrument in the Hofkirche in Dresden as source of the organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, and to what degree do I remain convinced by my Bach interpretation on the three recordings?

  • Supervisor: Dr. Carl Van Eyndhoven
  • Co-supervisor: Dr. Ton Koopman
  • Duration: 2016-20
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