A registrant is a wizard of organists , who in the registration of pieces of music helps during organ playing. Mostly he can play the organ himself or is able to read notes so that he can support the organist well.
For complex organ pieces with many register changes - as long as the organ does not have any programmable combinations that make a registrant superfluous - an assistant is sometimes necessary to make the necessary register changes during the piece. Since the organist plays with both hands and feet and it may be necessary to change registers in places where he cannot briefly interrupt or stop playing, the registrant takes on this task. The so-called registration of the piece, i.e. the setting up of the organ work for the respective piece, is usually not the task of the registrant, but is the responsibility of the organist. In rare cases, such as the famous Müller organ in St. Bavo in Haarlem , there was a permanent registrant who was employed by the city.
While the organist is playing a piece, the registrant follows the notes and pulls out or pushes off individual or multiple registers or playing aids at the points previously discussed and determined . In addition, the registrant is responsible for leafing through the sheet music while the organ is playing .
At concerts with several organists, another organist often takes over the registration.
The piece Fa-Si by Luciano Berio names an organist and two registrants.
- Hans Maier: The organ. Instrument and music . CH Beck, Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-406-65491-6 , p. 27 .
- Reformatorisch Dagblad of May 21, 2012: Organ registrant Agnes Hylkema: De Bavo is mijn started (Dutch), accessed on January 17, 2017.
- Johann Trummer (Ed.): Organ music, church interior and performance practice. ConBrio Verlagsgesellschaft, Regensburg 1997, ISBN 3-932581-12-1 , p. 51.
- Fa-Si. Centro Studi Luciano Berio, accessed December 2, 2015 .