November 11, 2018 | Ere lievonen, Fokker organ

Concert Fokker organ | 2018-11-11, 11.00 hours | Small Hall - Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam

The Euler organ of Fokker

The fact that Professor Adriaan Fokker had the 31-tone organ built in 1950 is now known to a growing public. But in 1943, as curator of the Physics Cabinet in the Teylers Museum, he also took the initiative to have another organ built, the so-called Euler organ. Only a few know this, while thousands of people walk around this rare organ every year, in a room full of historical scientific instruments in this museum of Haarlem. How this Euler organ sounds and what kind of music is composed for it, no one knows anymore, since the organ has been unplayable for a long time and the sheet music of its repertoire - which has been only developed over a period of seven years - is stored in the archive of the Huygens-Fokker Foundation in Amsterdam. A wonderful opportunity to examine how the Euler organ once sounded, 75 years after the completion of the instrument! First of all, we investigated which type of metal open organ pipe was used in the Euler organ. Very good samples of exactly the same organ registers will be used during this concert (from behind the Fokker organ's playing table), to finally bring the sound of this mysterious organ to life again. In addition, this virtual organ is carefully tuned, so that the so-called 'Euler-Fokker genera of the third degree' can be performed. And with that the first microtonal compositions by Fokker; short pieces to show the ten genera on the organ. But others have also composed for the Euler organ, such as Jan van Dijk, Henri Carf (Henk van Kempen) and Martin J. Lürsen, who won 'Teylers musical competition' in 1945. It is also great that especially for this concert - and for the day that this organ in Haarlem is playable again - a new work for the Euler organ will be composed by the Dutch composer Gijsbrecht Roijé. All these compositions are alternated by the main Fokker organist Ere Lievonen with works from the repertoire of the acoustic 31-tone organ, so that the difference between the two tunings will be made clear. And to make it complete, photos of the original Euler organ will be projected onto a screen during the whole concert. In this way, the mysterious organ comes to life again this Sunday morning.   >>>
Sunday 11 November 2018, 11.00 hours | Small Hall, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Prices: € 13,50 Normal | € 11,00 Stadspas | € 11,00 CJP |




Ere Lievonen, Fokker organ




Introduction to the Euler organ by Sander Germanus

The 10 Euler-Fokker genera of the third degree:
Genus I [333] - Martin Lürsen: Gavotte et Musette
Genus II [335] - Martin Lürsen: Sarabande
Genus III [355] - Henri Carf: Ciaconna
Genus IV [555] - Adriaan Fokker: deel 14 uit "Begin!" (1945)
Genus V [337] - Henri Carf: Fantaisie
Genus VI [357] - Adriaan Fokker: Preludium (1947-48)
Genus VII [557] - Henri Carf: Pastorale
Genus VIII [377] - Martin Lürsen: Elegie
Genus IX [577] - Martin Lürsen: Koraal
Genus X [777] - Adriaan Fokker: deel 2 uit "Begin!" (1945)
(The pieces by Martin Lürsen are from "Modi antichi, musiche nuove",
the pieces by Henri Carf (Henk van Kempen) are from "Fokkeriana".)

Jan van Dijk (1918-2016): 5 stukken voor het Euler-orgel (1947-48)
- Improvisando [557]
- Canzonetta [377]
- Canzone [337]
- Inventio [577]
- Capriccio [777]

Adriaan Fokker (1887-1972):
Preludium chromaticum (1948), version for Euler organ
Preludium chromaticum (1948), version for Fokker organ
Tenacità (1947-48), version for Euler organ
Tenacità (1947-51), version for Fokker organ

Gijsbrecht Roijé (1963): zonder titel (2018), for Euler organ   premiere

Martin Lürsen (1893-1952): from "Modi antichi, musiche nuove" (1945)
- Inventionetta [337]
- Adagio espressivo [557]
- Rondino ("Wachterliedje") [777]
- Passacaglia [377]





This concert is made possible by the support of: Prins Bernhard CultuurfondsAmsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Hofstee foundation and Gemeente Amsterdam (district East).

Also the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (renovation Fokker organ), the SNS REAAL Fonds (renovation Fokker organ) and the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. Show our sponsors