official web site since 1997 of the composer, author, poet and visual artist

 Joseph Johannes (Joop) Visser:

ECCE HOMO; 6 Songs on Poems by

First World War Poets

for Alto and Church Organ

sketches as played on carillon and celesta

Original recordings of the

Première Performance by:

MIRJAM BOERS & LOUIS LEVELT

recording JAAP WAJER
15th of April 2012
in the Lutheran Church, Edam
the organ is built by Gideon Thomas Baetz from Utrecht

 

CHARLES HAMILTON SORLEY:
All the hills and vales along

 

JOSEPH RUDYARD KIPLING:
A son

 

JOSEPH RUDYARD KIPLING
Unknown Female Corpse

 

CHARLES HAMILTON SORLEY:
When you see Millions

 

WILFRED EDWARD S. OWEN:

Futility

PHILIP EDWARD THOMAS:
In Memoriam (Easter 1915)

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1st page of the '6 Songs'

 

 
Wilfred Owen

 

Futility

Move him into the sun—
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields unsown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.

Think how it wakes the seeds,—
Woke, once, the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides,
Full-nerved—still warm—too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
—O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth’s sleep at all?

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen 1893-1918.

Though a poet from a young age his work had not been published before his death, and reach the broader public mostly as a result of nine of his poems being included in Benjamin Britten's 'War Requiem'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait of the Organ player Louis Levelt

Louis Portretje