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Victor Timmer Nicolaas Arnoldi Knock: ‘A first-class dilettante’ (part 2: About his relationship with Abt Vogler and about the Dispositien
Het ORGEL 108 (2012), nr. 5, 4-13 [summary]


The second part of this article is devoted to the relationship between Knock and Abt Vogler, a traveling organ virtuoso. Georg Joseph Vogler was famous in his own time as a musical expert, conductor and composer, who drew crowds all over Europe with his organ concerts in which impressionistic sound-pictures made a deep impression on a large public. He even had a large transportable organ, an Orchestrion, built for these concerts by J.P. Künckel of Rotterdam. Vogler also made several concert tours through the Netherlands. In 1786 Knock organized two concerts for him in Leeuwarden. Shortly thereafter Vogler played twice in Groningen, also possibly thanks to the efforts of Knock. The programs of these two concerts have been preserved. In this period Knock and Vogler must have traveled together and exchanged various information. Examples are an inscription by Vogler in Knock’s album amicorum, some organ specifications provided by Vogler in Knock’s Dispositien, and the programming of several concerts by Knock. He was not the only one in the Netherlands who did this; decades later such works as ‘Bataille’, ’’De Slag bij Waterloo’, etc. could still be found on concert programs.
In conclusion the book is discussed which made Knock famous, his Dispositien (1788), written as sequel and appendix to the work by Joachim Hess (1774) with the same title. Just like Hess he got his information primarily through his own research, from other literature, and from information sent to him by local organists. Knock is the first author who presented a large number of dispositions from the province of Friesland. The most recent in the line of his successors is Jan Jongepier, to whose memory this article is dedicated.



Attachment A: Letter from Abt Vogler 02.03.1786

Attachment B: Annonces concerts of N.A. Knock in 1792


Front of the cover of the album amicorum of NA Knock on the right page with the inscription of Abt Vogler
Format 18.6 x 11.9 cm cover (front cover), oblong format, thickness album 2, 2 cm; cover leather, stamped in gold lettering on the front:
'ALBUM AMICORUM N.A.KNOCK',

on back: "ANNO 1779". Blade pages: 18.4 x 11.25 cm, gold-edged pages, page numbering with pencil later time. On the next page with pen some notes from later time Knock (ie born in Rotterdam, grietman of Stellingwerf East End and a member of the States of Friesland for Seven Forests in 1785, he lived in Makkinga where [incorrectly] he in 1794 died and was a 'Serious practitioner and connoisseur of Music "). Photos: D. Vennema


Georg ]oseph (Abt) Vogler. Lithography (as printed in the 'Neujahrsgeschenk')
of A. Grater to the copper engraving of Dürmer, based on the known
oil painting by August Friedrich Oelenhainz from 1799