Matinée - Stairway to Bach - Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen, organ

Matinée - Saturday June 3rd at 12 hrs.
Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen, organ

Stairway to Bach
- Rock classics with a hint of Bach

Classical music has formed the basis for a large part of the symphonic rock music that we know from the 1960s and 70s. Baroque music and Johann Sebastian Bach in particular have been a great source of inspiration. In many cases the symphonic rock musicians have made use of direct quotes from JS Bach (e.g Procol Harum: Repent Walpurgis), - other times it's just something similar.

Against this background, I have adapted a number of rock classics for organ - on the premises of the classical organ. But I have not simply transferred the rock music to the organ. I have taken the liberty of mixing the rock music with well-known Bach quotes, so that the music flows together in a patchwork of organ baroque, JS Bach and symphonic rock .. all under the heading:

Stairway to Bach
- Rock classics with a hint of Bach

Byen vågner / The City Awakes - Thomas Koppel / Savage Rose / BachWV 572
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin / BachWV 1067
Bourée - Jethro Tull / BachWV 996
Light My Fire - The Doors / BachWV 1047
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen / BachWV 552
Repent Walpurgis - Matthew Fisher / Procol Harum / BachWV 645

Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen is Professor and Head of Department for Organ and Church Music at The Royal Danish Academy of Music.
The organist Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen (b. 1955) is one of the most versatile musicians on the Danish organ scene, and already at his debut in 1982 he attracted attention with a concert program with important German and French organ classics.
Sven-Ingvart is a graduate of the music conservatories in Esbjerg and Copenhagen, and he has supplemented with studies in Vienna with Prof. Michael Radulescu, and in Paris with the organists Marie-Claire Alain and André Isoir.
Sven-Ingvart's work as an organist is characterized by a great curiosity to try out new ways of composing a concert program and to find new ways of playing together with other musicians, and this curiosity and musical joy he wants to pass on to the next generations of organists through his teaching. In addition, he has a great interest in organ building, historical organs and in general a penchant for narrow, unexplored topics in organ history, which i.a. is expressed in his research and publications.
Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen is Professor and Head of Department for Organ, Church Music and Early Music at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. He has previously been employed as an organist at Løgumkloster Church and Frederiksborg Castle Church and as a teacher at music conservatories in Esbjerg and Copenhagen. He has also held courses, lectures and masterclasses at conservatories and music colleges in Denmark and abroad.
Sven-Ingvart has an extensive concert activity with concerts in a large number of European countries as well as North and South America and Asia.
His musical curiosity, has i.a. led to the discovery of J.A. Scheibe's organ sonatas, which he has documented with both a CD recording and the release of the sheet music. He has composed concert programs of a more experimental kind, such as music for organ and the Breton folk music instrument Bombarde, and he has played a large number of concerts with violin and organ with a constellation of classical music and "classical" arrangements of symphonic rock classics.
The French baroque music and its liturgical place side by side with Gregorian chant have fascinated Sven-Ingvart to such an extent that he has researched a stylistic performance of the Gregorian chant in polyphonic baroque style. This work is documented in CD releases with organ works by Couperin, Guilain and de Grigny as well as the book "Plainsong and French Baroque".

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Admission ISK 2.500