|Jan-Piet Knijff||A Simple Oneness. Interview with D.A. Flentrop
het ORGEL 95 (1999), nr. 4, x-x [summary]
D.A. Flentrop (b. 1910) is the best known Dutch organbuilder of the century. He build about 80 organs in the U.S.A. and restaured organs in the Netherlands (Zwolle) and elsewhere (Mexico City). He is not happy with the term neo-baroque, because he never wanted to copy old organs. Important influences were Mahrenholz and Schweitzer, who prophetized the importance of craftmanship in organbuilding to Flentrop. Moreover, Flentrops father, had always been unhappy with the modernisation of his Duyschot-organ in Zaandam.
Flentrop gained important experience working in Germany and Denmark, where Frobeniuss combination of pneumatic- and tracker-action worked very well. From the late 30s onward, when he took over his fathers firm, Flentrop built tracker-action instruments. The contact with E. Power Biggs led to an overwhelming production in the U.S.A., which eventually meant half the annual turnover. Restauring late 19th-century organs, Flentrop often made changes to improve these instruments. In this respect he hasnt changed his mind. Talking about Dutch organ building since his retirement, Flentrop highly respects the craftmanship of the younger generation but regrets the tendency of building predominantly style-copies.