Using the new Positiv derived from the AVO Stahlhuth Organ from Aachen to Székesfehérvár (Hungary)
HENRIK PHILIP JOHNSEN (1717-1779)
**Few organ composers are so little known as Henrik Philip Johnsen and that while in his day he would have been famous. His surname suggests Scandinavian decent, but he was likely born in Germany, only immigrating to Stockholm in Sweden in 1743 to work in King Adolf Frederik’s private chapel.
Johnsen was an organist, harpsichordist, composer and conductor. In 1745 he was appointed to the position of organist in the St. Clara Church in Stockholm. He later became the conductor of the king’s French theatre group and a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music when it was founded in 1771. A year later he became a teacher of musical theory there. He was so popular that besides the Academy students, he also taught at least 30 organ students including Queen Lovisa Ulrika.
By the time of his death, Johnsen had composed a wide range of music including operas, ballet, sinfonias, solo concertos for various instruments , chamber music, songs, church music and keyboard music including six fugues for organ.
(**Notes from Orgel Van de Week YouTube
Published on Jan 7, 2019)