• Swedish Organs from the Eighteenth Century

    - A Unique Global Cultural Heritage

     

    A Documentation Project in Ten Parts

    Project management: Göteborg International Organ Academy Association

     

    Photo: Musikanta

     

     

    SWEDISH 18TH-CENTURY ORGANS IN AN OPEN DATABASE
    In 2019 and 2020, the Göteborg International Organ Academy conducts a project with the aim of presenting a selection of Sweden’s best-preserved eighteenth-century organs in an open database. Each of the instruments will be presented with detailed technical information, new audio and video documentation, interviews with organ experts as well as sounding musical examples provided by the organist Sietze de Vries, Groningen, The Netherlands. The project is funded by the Swedish Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet, RAÄ).
     
    BACKGROUND
    Sweden possesses a unique treasure of preserved organs from the eighteenth century – an important, but relatively little known cultural heritage. The majority of the instruments were built by Johan Niclas Cahman (ca. 1680–1737), Pehr Schiörlin (1736–1815) and Olof Schwan (1744–1812). Cahman and Schwan had their workshops in Stockholm, whereas Schiörlin was a resident of Linköping.

     

    In the second half of the 1990s and the first years of the new millennium, the organ research center, GOArt (Göteborg Organ Art Center), at the University of Gothenburg collaborated with the Swedish National Heritage Board on a joint nation-wide organ project with the aim of creating a plan for the preservation of the country’s historic organs. A central part of this project was a detailed technical documentation of a selection among the best-preserved instruments. It is the result of this project that constitutes the core of the material to be digitized within the present project. One-third of these documentations (Slaka, Tryserum, and Kölingared) were financed by the National Heritage Board.

     

    AIM
    The aim of the project is to make the material from these documentations, together with sound files and video “walk–throughs,” accessible in the GOArt database. This will enable even very detailed information, such as measurements, proofs, drawings, etc., to be stored and accessed, using an interface designed to be attractive and easy to use for members of the public with an interest in cultural history.

     

    GOAL
    The overarching goal of the project is to publish an open online database including documentations of a number of Swedish eighteenth-century organs, which will, in addition, be presented in recorded sound and moving pictures.

  • Project Overview

  • Part 1 of 10

    Pehr Schiörlin 1785 - Tryserum

    The organ was built the same year as Tryserum's church, in 1785, by Pehr Schiörlin and is considered one of his best works. It is virtually untouched and only minor adjustments have been made.

    Walk through presentation of the organ by Hans Davidsson

    Conversation held in Swedish

    Organ stop presentation and improvisation at the organ by Sietze de Vries

    Conversation held in English

    Recording, mix & mastering Albert Jan de Boer

    Organ tuning Sander Booij

    Meet the Schiörlin organ care takers and supporters in Tryserum

    Conversation held in Swedish

  • GIOA Podcast - On Organ Tour with Axel Unnerbäck

    - On the organ in Tryserum, built by Pehr Schiörlin in 1785

    Meet Axel Unnerbäck, organ researcher and for many years responsible for organ issues within the Swedish Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet, RAÄ), in conversation with Hans Davidsson, artistic director, GIOA

    Conversation held in Swedish

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    Part 2 of 10

    Pehr Schiörlin 1783 - Slaka

    On January 16, 2005, Pehr Schiörlin's only organ with arcade facade, originally built in 1783 in Slaka church, was re-inaugurated - being the oldest preserved arcade organ in Sweden as well.

    Walk through presentation of the organ by Niclas Fredriksson

    Conversation held in Swedish

    Organ stop presentation and improvisation at the organ by Sietze de Vries

    Conversation held in English

    Recording, mix & mastering Albert Jan de Boer

    Organ tuning Sander Booij

    Meet organ experts Axel Unnerbäck and Niclas Fredriksson in a conversation with Lars Storm, project manager, GIOA

    Conversation held in Swedish

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    Part 3 of 10

    Pehr Schiörlin 1806 - Gammalkil

    The organ in Gammalkil, built by organ builder Pehr Schiörlin, Linköping, is one of Sweden's most famous. Here, among others, Professor Albert Schweitzer played both 1927 and 1951. It was overseen in 1806 by the cathedral organist Zacharias Köhler, Linköping, and was then found to be in perfect order according to the inspection protocol. According to a statement by Baron Israel Lagerfelt at nearby Lagerlunda, Gammalkil now had "the largest and best organ work in the diocese, perhaps the entire country's rural churches".

    Walk through presentation of the organ by Hans Davidsson, Artistic Director, Göteborg International Organ Academy

    Conversation held in Swedish

    Organ stop presentation and improvisation at the organ by Sietze de Vries

    Conversation held in English

    Recording, mix & mastering Albert Jan de Boer

    Organ tuning Sander Booij

    Meet organ experts Axel Unnerbäck and Niclas Fredriksson in a conversation with Lars Storm, project manager, GIOA

    Conversation held in Swedish

    Meet Hans Davidsson, who invites us to an interpretation of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's sonata for organ No 1 in f minor, op. 65, at the Schiörlin organ in Gammalkil.

    Conversation held in English

    Meet Hans Davidsson, who invites us to an interpretation of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's sonata for organ No 6 in D major, op. 65, at the Schiörlin organ in Gammalkil.

    Conversation held in English

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    Part 4 of 10

    Pehr Schiörlin 1815 - Rappestad

    Pehr Schiörlin is regarded as the foremost representative of the organ building tradition of the Eastern part of Sweden and, alongside Olof Schwan, was the leading champion of his time. The organ in Rappestad's church was completed after Pehr Schiörlin's death by his son Jonas Fredric Schiörlin in 1815.

    Walk through presentation of the organ by Niclas Fredricsson

    Conversation held in Swedish

    Organ stop presentation and improvisation at the organ by Sietze de Vries

    Conversation held in English

    Recording, mix & mastering Albert Jan de Boer

    Organ tuning Sander Booij

    Meet organ experts Axel Unnerbäck and Niclas Fredriksson in a conversation with Lars Storm, project manager, GIOA

    Conversation held in Swedish

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    Part 5 of 10

    Johan Niclas Cahman 1704 - Kölingared

    The organ in Kölingared is one of Niclas Cahman's best known remaining organs, which was originally made for Mariestad in 1704-1705 but moved to Kölingared in 1864.

    Walk through presentation of the organ by Hans Davidsson

    Conversation held in Swedish

    Organ stop presentation and improvisation at the organ by Sietze de Vries

    Conversation held in English

    Recording, mix & mastering Albert Jan de Boer

    Organ tuning Sander Booij

    Meet the Cahman organ care takers and supporters in Kölingared

    Conversation held in Swedish

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    Part 6 of 10

    Johan Niclas Cahman 1728 - Lövstabruk

    On the balcony above the entrance to the south stands a magnificent pipe organ from 1728, built by Johan Niclas Cahman and Sweden's largest of its kind from the Baroque.

    Walk through presentation of the organ by Hans Davidsson

    Conversation held in Swedish

    Organ stop presentation and improvisation at the organ by Sietze de Vries

    Conversation held in English

    Recording, mix & mastering Albert Jan de Boer

    Organ tuning Sander Booij

    Meet the Cahman organ care takers and supporters in Lövstabruk

    Conversation held in Swedish

  • Project Overview

     

    Part 1. Pehr Schiörlin 1785 - Tryserum

    Part 2. Pehr Schiörlin 1783 - Slaka

    Part 3. Pehr Schiörlin 1806 - Gammalkil

    Part 4. Pehr Schiörlin 1815 - Rappestad

    Part 5. Johan Niclas Cahman 1704 - Kölingared

    Part 6. Johan Niclas Cahman 1728 - Lövstabruk

    Part 7. Olof Hedlund 1740 - Björklinge

    Part 8. Olof Schwan 1783 - Hökhuvud

    Part 9. Niclas Söderström 1783 - Dala Husby

    Part 10. Olof Schwan 1783 - Börstil