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David Rumsey

Organist, organ consultant

"Die Orgel ist ein zu kompliziertes Instrument, als daβ sie je vollendet sein könnte: Sie fordert immer von neuem zu Veränderungen heraus." / "The organ is such a complex instrument that it can never be completed; it constantly provokes new variants of itself". (Carl Dahlhaus *1928-1989)

This site is devoted to selected publications and other material relating to organs and organ music with which I have usually had some personal connection. It could well eventually epitomize Dahlhaus' statement above. Your patience is appreciated.

"aber teglich wachsen kunst und kommen mee. Adams Kinder feyren nit." / "the arts thrive and multiply daily--Adam's children never rest." (Arnolt Schlick, ca.1511)

cover-photo Gorleston Psalter (14th century): the fascination of medieval music - animals seem to have been amongst the "organists" and organs are depicted in medieval bestiaries.

further details with links to this web-site's medieval organ glossary

And just to prove that humour is not yet dead ..

Take a look at the "modern chant" item now heading up the "Purely anecdotal" page of this web-site

News, forthcoming events

A variety of musical events in different places

excerpts from David Rumsey's diary of engagements and other items ...

Special events with music in the liturgy

* Sunday 5th June, Herz Jesu Kirche, Laufen (BL Switzerland) - 10:00 a.m.

The Mass setting (Friedensmesse) Opus 50 by Hans Ebner (former musical director of the church)

Choir of St. Sebastian, Wettingen (Switzerland)

Stephan Meier (conductor) David Rumsey (organist)

* Sunday 19th June, Herz Jesu Kirche, Laufen (BL Switzerland) - 10:00 a.m.

Mass setting "Lobe den Herrn" by Paul von Arb

Choir of Herz Jesu, Laufen

Isidor Lombriser (conductor) David Rumsey (organist)

* Saturday 3rd September at 09:30 a.m. at Mariastein (Switzerland)


* Sunday 11th September 10:00 a.m. in Breitenbach (Switzerland)

The "Icker" Mass setting by Michael Schmoll

Kirchenchöre Schwarzbubenlandes

Isidor Lombriser (conductor) David Rumsey (organist)

* Wednesday 11th May to 20th November Musikautomaten Museum, Seewen (SO)

Max Reger centenary - commemorative exhibition

Click here for more information

Click here for detail about all forthcoming 2016 Seewen Museum events

Selected events later in 2016:

* Sunday 4th September 2016 at 17:30

Max Reger Commemoration for the Basel Society of Organists

Museum für Musikautomaten, Seewen (SO)

both live performances on the Welte organ and playing of historic "Reger" roll recordings

* Sunday 6th November 11:15

Matinee Organ recital (works of Max Reger) in Seewen (SO - Switzerland)

* Volume 12 of "The Britannic Organ" is now available.

Click here for track listings of the entire series so far

Project van Eyck - details of a special performance-based-on-research program. It was manifested at a concert in Muri (AG) on June 9th 2014, as part of the symposium "Die Orgel im Herbst des Mittelalters". Project van Eyck links the Rumsey-van der Putten "gothic" organ with the famous 15th century Ghent altarpiece's portrayal of the music-making of that era.

Details and links

An abbreviated history of recording

with particular reference to the organ

updated 23rd December 2012.

Click here to view (pdf)

The database of scanned Welte organ rolls held at the Museum der Musikautomaten in Seewen (August 2012). Available formats are Paradox (.db), QuattroPro (.qpw) and Microsoft Excel (.xlsx).

Database of Seewen's scanned Welte organ rolls (DB)

Database of Seewen's scanned Welte organ rolls (QPW)

Database of Seewen's scanned Welte organ rolls (XLSX)

Key to the database (PDF)

Some newspaper, announcements and critiques of concerts and recordings:

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