Willem van Twillert plays, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Air [BWV1068] from Suite nr. 3, MEERE/Reil- organ (1809), Epe [NL]
Another famous organ work from Bach, his TOCCATA and FUGUE in d, [BWV 656] played by Willem van Twillert, Naber-organ, Amersfoort, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76ElCf68Ufs&t=17s
PLAYLIST, Bach played by WvT: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzxaJfoNmnPKQjLzTrCgbdWbvzSfNBH0Y
Bach, great organ works BWV1068 Suite
Foundation Promotion Orgel Projects St. P.O.P. [Holland]
Audio: Chiel Timmer
Camera, Lodewic van Twillert
Editing, Lodewic van Twillert
Production: Foundation Organ Projects
Bladmuziek / Sheet music:
WILLEM VAN TWILLERT (1952) studied organ at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Piet Kee as his Organ professor, with whom he also studied improvisation and composition. In 1975 he began 3 years of orchestral conducting studies with Anton Kersjes. In 1976 he obtained the diploma for Church Music and in 1978 the diploma of Performing Musician cum laude, with a teaching-endorsement for improvisation. A scholarship afforded him the opportunity to specialise in old music between 1978 and 1981, including studies with Gustav Leonhardt.
In 1976, van Twillert was the first Dutch organist to reach the final of the Grand Prix de Chartres in France.
As an organist he has become a well-known performing musician both at home and abroad, thanks mainly to his concerts in the Netherlands, as well as in the U.S.A., Italy (including, in 1996, a concert for the Academia di Musica Italiana per Organo in Pistoia), Germany and England. In 1991 van Twillert was invited by the American Guild of Organists to act as a jury member for the regional competition for young professional organists in Ohio, where he also gave a lecture about the history of Dutch psalm singing at the Calvin College in Sioux-center.
WILLEM VAN TWILLERThas composed many Psalm and Chorale arrangements, the earliest of which were influenced by his studies of 18th century German organ literature. These have been printed in the Netherlands, and have also been issued on CD. Since 2006 he has also composed for orchestra, and for various ensembles including choir, while studying composition with Henk Alkema.
As a composer he won the second prize and the audience prize at the Hinsz Composition Com-petiton 2005 at the Bovenkerk in Kampen, with his Toccata a la Chaconne for Organ. http://www.hinszconcours.nl/ In October 2006, van Twillert performed the British premiere of the work, at the Annual Festival of New Organ Music in London. The performance is available for download at www.afnom.org.
In january 2007 Van Twillert obtained the Prize of Honour in the Polish composer competion at Mikolów 2007 with his Sequence for Choir and Organ. See: www.mdm.mikolow.um.gov.pl/konkursn.htm
In Germany his Toccata ‚Thine be the Glory in Romantic Style, is published by. Butz-music publishers. [email protected]
In 2008 he received for his organ composition Par le Temps the PRIX GASTON LITAIZE during the festival du Comminges in France. www.festival-du-comminges.com
Van Twillert is also known internationally for his recordings of little-known organ literature through his series of CDs, MUSICQ VOOR HET ORGEL. Willem van Twillert has edited music for various Dutch music publishers. For information about his latest series, LITERATA, begun in 2006, please email [email protected]
As an editor, his most extensive project to date has been the series of 15 volumes entitled ORGANIST COMPOSERS of the 18th and 19th CENTURIES. For information regarding this series, please email [email protected]
. In Germany his Toccata ‚Thine be the Glory' in Romantic Style, is published by Dr. J. Butz, music publishers, Sankt Augustin. [email protected]
Willem van Twillert taught organ at the municipal academy of music in Zwolle between 1980 and 1988. As a church organist he has, since his appointment following a competition in 1979, accompanied the services of three co-operating churches in Amersfoort. The organ lovers of the Netherlands also know him as one of the editors of the monthly magazine de Orgelvriend (the Organ Friend), a function he fulfilled between 1985 and 2006. From 1976 until 2003 van Twillert was the owner and director of a private music school in Bunschoten.