update: 29-07-2013





Index Vox Humana



Vox Humana 17-04

Vox Humana 18-04

Vox Humana 19-02

Vox Humana 19-03

Vox Humana 19-04

Jaargang 20

Vox Humana 20-01

Vox Humana 20-02

Vox Humana 20-03

Vox Humana 20-04

Jaargang 21

Vox Humana 21-01

Vox Humana 21-02

Vox Humana 21-03

Vox Humana 21-04


Jaargang 22

Vox Humana 22-01

Vox Humana 22-02

Vox Humana 22-03

Vox Humana 22-04


Jaargang 23

Vox Humana 23-01

Vox Humana 23-02

Vox Humana 23-03

Vox Humana 23-04

Jaargang 24

Vox-Humana 24-01






Vox Humana Jrg.20 nr. 2

Vox 20-02


Vox Humana Jaargang 20 nummer 2 Volume 78


Inhoudsopgave / Table of contents


3 In Sachsenheim is een orgelharmonium gebouwd - Arie Schüller
A combination organ (harmonium & pipes) built recently in Sachsenheim, Germany, built by organ builder Lenter. A review of the musical capabilities of this instrument which is in use in the Bartholomäuskirche in Tamm, Germany.

6 De harmoniums van Cavaillé-Coll II - Willem van Buuren
Harmoniums by Cavaillé-Coll. A very rare one to be found in a French village Ban de Sapt, 30 stops and on 2 manuals and pedals. This instrument also has a Barker machine on manual I.

11 Martijn Padding - Wim Rhebergen
Dutch composer Martijn Padding composed the first Harmonium Concerto. In the near future this composition will be heard in New York's Carnegie hall, featuring Dirk Luijmes (harmonium Mustel) and Asko-Schönberg Ensemble. An interview with the composer.

15 Désiré Pâque: Six petits préludes opus 77 - Klaas Trapman
French composer Désiré Pâque composed Six Petits préludes opus 77. An indepth instruction 'how to' for harmonium players.

18 Het Vocalion in het Openluchtmuseum in Arnhem - Joop Rodenburg
The Dutch Open Air Museum at Arnhem houses a little church destroyed by the 1953 flooding in Zeeland. This little church was totally rebuilt in the museum. For years there has been this big Vocalion, unplayable. Finally restoration brouhgt it back to it's full glory. This Vocalion is a one manual instrument with 16,8,4,2 bass and 16, 8,4,8 treble.

26 Janácek opnieuw in de belangstelling - Wim Rhebergen
Recently, works of Janácek were live on dutch television, played by Dirk Luijmes on Mustel harmonium. The performer interviewed. About Janácek, his compositions, his life.

29 Een Luthers harmonium? - Bert Koerselman
The Harmonium Museum Netherland acquired a reed organ, custom built, 2 rows of reeds, for a Lutheran priest in (ca.) 1910. Up until 2008 it remained in the Amsterdam Lutheran parish. It now resides in the Museum.


2 Redactioneel / Editorial
2 Over enthousiasme en bijzondere instrumenten - van de voorzitter / presidents column
14 Een unieke spiegeltop / the rebuild from scratch of the missing top on a Packard hightop
21 CD gesignaleerd / a new cd featuring piano & pipe organ and piano & harmonium
22 Het harmonium van de maand / a triangular reed organ by Liebig fully restored in 2008
23 Harmoniumnieuws uit de bladen / News from other magazines
24 Recensie Souvenir de Noël / review of a new cd by Arno Kerkhof & Bianca Lenssen
25 Concertagenda / try to translate this :-)
28 Nalatenschap van Jan van Nuenen / archives of organist and composer Jan van Nuenen, now in Music Library at The Hague.
30 Harmonium Handboek / a new handbook (reference manual) by dr. Joris Verdin. Details below.
31 Vraag en aanbod / harmonium for sale
32 HVN winkel / books, brochures and cd's for sale at H.V.N.

Harmonium Handbook

The first historically documented reference work
about the harmonium and its playing technique

250 pages
Language: Dutch € 38 plus P & P.

publishers information about this book

This book's list of contents can be seen at this page on this website

Summaries of articles in this edition


Lenter Orgelharmonium:

Has been moved to this page in the history > builders section: click to see


Cavaillé-Coll 2mp harmonium

In october 2008 Willem van Buuren, collector of harmoniums tried to find a harmonium built by Cavaillé-Coll. He knew their has been a model presented on a Exhibition. A search of literature showed that there has been one in a church in Ban de Sapt in the Department of Vosges (nort-east of France, close to the German border). This instrument was places in Nilvange earlier. Documentation shows it was replaced appr. 1929 to Ban de Sapt. When moved the footpumps were removed.


Dessus / Treble
Grand Orgue (lower manual)
J Jeux Doux 8
D Dolce 8
M Mélophone 16
P Prestant 8
C Contrebasse 16
1 Cor Anglais 8
2 Bourdon 16
F Jeux de Fonds
  F Jeux de Fonds
2 Clarinette 16
1 Flûte 8
C Voix Céleste 16
P Prestant 8
V Voix Humaine 4
B Baryton 32
1p Flûte Douce 8

all footlevers:

Forte des Basses
Forté Pedale
Bourdon Pedale 16
Prestant Pedale 8

Pedal stops:

Bourdon 16

Prestant 8

Doublette 4

Récit ( upper manual)
S Saxophone (I)
V Violoncelle 16 (II)
S Sourdine 8
E Eolien 16
A Aigu 2
4 Basson 8
3 Clairon 4
  3 Fifre 4
4 Hautbois 8
5 Musette 16
H Harpe Eolienne 8
T Trémolo (III)
C Cornemuse (IV)
S Soprano (V)
Pompage * (treadle)
Pompage * (treadle)
Doublette 4
Grand Jeu **
Grand Jeu général
Forte des dessus



annotations to the stoplist
(I) Tremolo + 3 + 4

(II) 3+4
(III) 4 + Tremolo

(IV) 3+5

(V) 3+4+T

* = removed in 1929
This could mean that expression has been disabled. (If it ever has been there, this is not sure, fvdg).

** Fortes excluded


Cavaille-Coll Harmonium

Footlevers in C.C. style. photo: © Willem van Buuren 2008

Martijn Padding

Martijn Padding (Amsterdam, 1956) studied composition with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, piano with Fania Chapiro and musicology at the University of Utrecht. In 2008 he composed his First Harmonium Concerto. This composition has been premiered at Arnhem Concerthall Musis Sacrum by harmoniumplayer Dirk Luijmes. Preparations are made for presenting this Harmonium Concerto in New York's Carnegie Hall. Both composer and performer are interviewed by Wim Rhebergen, editor of Vox Humana.

Harmonium music by Janácek

Recently a composition by Janácek was live performed on dutch national television. See: here and here
This performance was explained on television by performer Dirk Luijmes. A scientific study by Helmut C. Jacobs, published in "Brennpunkte II, Aufsätze, Gespräche, Meinungen und Sachinformationen zum Themenbereich Akkordeon" 2002 Bochum (D) showed proof that these compositions were originally composed for harmonium.