Lecture Recital with Louis van der Watt

Louis van der Watt

The Odeion School of Music at the University of the Free State (UFS) will present an Organ Lecture Recital with Louis van der Watt on Friday 6 May. The programme entails a recital of JS Bach’s Prelude and Fugue, BWV 552 from Clavierübung Part III.

Louis van der Watt is currently a senior lecturer in Violin and Viola at the University of Stellenbosch, but besides his practical qualifications he also has a MMus and a PhD degree, which are interdisciplinary.

His first four years of undergraduate study were at the UFS, where he majored in Greek, Political Science and Philosophy. “I have been ‘in exile’ in the Cape for many years now, but I remain a Free Stater!” says Van der Watt.

According to Van der Watt, the lecture recital is the fruit of conversations and correspondence that he had with many Christians, Jews and Muslims about their views of God. “This sounds very esoteric/abstract/academic, but most people have some conception of God, and this has a profound effect on their life orientation.

“In my short (and non-academic) lecture, I simply share with the audience the way that Bach perceived his faith in the so-called Trinity by expressing it in sound (in his Prelude and Fugue in Eb, BWV 552).”

Admission is free but bookings are essential and should be made by contacting Ninette Pretorius on 051 401 2504 or pretoriusn@ufs.ac.za.

Justine Fortuin