Willem Jan Cevaal The music publisher Ars Nova
het ORGEL 95 (1999), nr. 4, x-x [summary]

The rediscovery of ancient music in the first half of the 20th century led to new ideas about church music. Prominent and progressive organists decided that good church music had to be polyphonic. Such good music was scarce however. Amateur musicians in particular were in need of a supply of good quality compositions. Organist Adriaan Kousemaker of Goes, a composer of such music himself, realised that easy availability of new church music was important. Consequently, he established about 1942 the publishing firm Ars Nova. From 1942 until 1979 Ars Nova published a large number of new compositions written by Dutch organists. The catalogue contained not only choir- and organ-music, but also well-known piano compositions. The organ works were divided into three categories: music for the service, chorale preludes, and free organ works. Generally speaking, this music was not very difficult. General interest in Ars Nova’s activities was considerable in the 1940s and 1950s. After 1960, interest was focused more on chorale preludes from the 17th and 18th centuries.