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Psalm 140

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Uploaded by: EdoL (01/07/18)
Composer: Dommele, Johan van
Sample Producer: OrganART Media
Sample Set: 2012 Metzler, Poblet Abbey, Spain
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Late Twentieth Century
Listening to uploads of Dutch organists on Contrebombarde, especially those of psalm preludes, the impression could arise, that Dutch organ playing was and is very much influenced by the romantic style of organists like Jan Zwart and Feike Asma, van Tilburg etc.
They certainly still have a big influence , especially among amateur-organists and the more conservative Dutch Christian population. There even are contemporary composers writing in that romantic idiom.
In professional circles there has been a different development. Those who studied the organ at the Dutch conservatoria, populated by the best Dutch organ teachers, mostly developed a different kind of style, more along the lines of the contemporary German composers like Micheelsen, Distler and Pepping and French composers Tournemire, Langlais and Durufle.
In the seventies bundles were published with preludes, composed by leading contemporary Dutch composers. I intend to do a small series on preludes and harmonizations of the psalms.

Psalm 140: prelude and 2 harmomizations.

Johan van Dommele was the organist of the Eusebius Church in Arnhem (1959-1995)
Apart from that he was teaching at the Arnhem conservatory for organ and theoretical subjects. He later on became the director of the academy.

He was a churchorganist from his youth on and a master of improvisation. For the Dutch reformed churches he advised on organ restaurations and newly build projects. His compositions are played widely.

He could write in many different styles: this prelude sounds in a very subdued late-romantic idiom.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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