GENEVAN 87 was first published in the 1562 edition of the Genevan Psalter; Jacobus J.K. Kloppers (b. Krugersdorp, Transvaal, South Africa, 1937) wrote the harmonization in 1985. In the Hypo-Mixolydian mode, this tune consists off our lines, each of which have their own rhythmic and melodic identity. A stately pace is appropriate.
Now a Canadian citizen, Kloppers has published works in Afrikaans, German, and English, and given organ recitals on three continents. Educated at Potchefstroom University, South Africa, and the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, he also studied organ with Helmut Walcha. Kloppers was organist and choir director at several Reformed churches in South Africa and at the Evangelisch Reformierte Kirche in Frankfurt. He taught in South Africa until 1976, after which he moved to Canada. Since 1976 he has been organist at St. John's Anglican Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and since 1979, professor of music at The King's College, also in Edmonton. Kloppers has published several works on J. S. Bach, including The Interpretation and Rendering of the Organ Works of J. S. Bach (1966), and was coeditor of Liturgical Organ Music (1973, 1975). His compositions include psalm and hymn arrangements for choir and organ and an organ concerto. He has performed many organ recitals, including several performances for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation.