Toccata Psalm 146, Jan Zwart performed by Harm Hoeve on the organ of Bovenkerk, Kampen

 

Performed on the renowned organ of the Bovenkirk in Kampen, Holland, here is a piece by Jan Zwart, on whom there is little on the Anglophone internet.:

  • Born: 20th August 1877

  • Died: 13th July 1937

  • Birthplace: Holland

Jan Zwart was a Dutch organist and a pupil of H. van Eyk. After having been an organist of the Dutch Reformed Church in Rotterdam and Capelle aan den IJssel, he was appointed in 1898 in the same position at the Reformed Evangelical Lutheran Church in Amsterdam.

There is quite a bit more on the Bovenkirk organ:

A masterpiece of the baroque period, the Hinsz organ of the Bovenkerk located in Kampen, Netherlands is perhaps one of the most sought-after Dutch organs by performing and recording artists from around the world.

Available in three volumes, the baroque instrument is ideal for contrapuntal works requiring a variety of tonal colors and is also well suited for romantic works which sound quite elegant.

For those who are a little rusty, Psalm 146 includes the well-known (and wise!) words “put not your trust in princes” and  here it is in the King James Version: 

  1. Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.

While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lordhis God:

Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:

Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:

The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:

The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

10 The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.

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