American Organist Overwhelmed by German Pipe
to dream and listen
(me). On Friday there was a very special concert experience at the
monastery church of the Kreuzberg. J. David Hart the organist who comes
from America filled the audience with enthusiasm by playing works of
Mozart and Bach as well as with further impressions and own
improvisations. He came to the Rh? because of his contacts to the organ
building company Hey which is located in Urspringen. The concert at the
Kreuzberg belongs to the highlights of his journey. The magnificent
Fanfare by John Cook was the opener of this concert. Works from different
centuries followed after this musical experience. The pipe organ pieces
were not only derived from different countries but also from different
ages. Corresponding to that fact there were different temperaments
perceptions of the composers.
The program included the
"Fantasia in F minor" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an improvisation on
Familiar Hymns by J. David Hart himsef, as well as the Toccata and Fugue
in D minor by Johann Sebastion Bach among other things.
The Familiar Hymns
included worldwide recognized Gospel-Hymns like "It is Well with my Soul"
and "Amazing Grace" that describes the deep experiences of faith and
the forsaken of God.
There was no host so
that the music itself was able to reach the hearts and souls and talk to
them. It was an hour completely dedicated to music that let's you dream,
listen and made you loose yourself in the splendid sounds of music. The
soul was able to calm down and rest and the daily rush was forced by the
mighty pipe organ sounds to go to background.
The American Organist
emphasized his deep reverence to Bach with the "Toccata und Fugue in D
minor". The church nearly seemed to shrink under the mighty amount of
sound. J. David Hart played passionate and physically zealous, he scooped
the complete illustrious Sounds of the new organ with his
Modern sound followed
that can be described through the concluding phrase "Music displaying the
colours of the organ". With "Prelude on Greensleeves", "Ye Sweet
Retreat" and "Elegy" he transmitted the rare experience of deep
"Carrillion du Longpont"
and improvisations on a "Submitted Theme" followed. That concert was
a big success showed the long lasting applause that did not want to stop.
The proceeds of the concert benefit the Chapel at the Kreuzberg
The American organist J. David Hart and the Hey organ
builders at the
new organ. Picture: Eckert
From Rh?-u. Saalepost 03/07