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date: 26 October 2020

Potholt, Jacob locked

  • Rudolf A. Rasch

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(bap. Amsterdam, Aug 4, 1720; d Amsterdam, Oct 11, 1782). Dutch composer, organist and carillonneur . Burney devoted several pages in the account of his second European trip to Potholt (consistently referred to by Burney as Pothoff). Apparently smallpox left him blind at the age of seven. Subsequently he became a pupil of the Amsterdam organists G.F. Witvogel and Johannes Ulhoorn (1697–1742) (Oude Kerk, the main Calvinist church), and of P.A. Locatelli, whose concerts he attended. In 1741 he became organist of the St Jacobskerk in The Hague, returning to Amsterdam in 1743 to become organist of the Westerkerk and carillonneur of the City Hall (now the Royal Palace on the Dam). In 1766 he left the Westerkerk post in order to succeed Hurlebusch as organist of the Oude Kerk, effecting a rise in income and prestige.

Burney applauded Potholt's playing of both the organ and the carillon. He noted two themes that he had dictated to Potholt and on which Potholt had played improvised fugues. Potholt's only known compositions are his settings of organ accompaniments for all the Genevan psalms as sung by the congregation in the Dutch Reformed Church, ...

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C. Burney: The Present State of Music in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Provinces (London, 1773, 2/1775)