On the following sheet music
is a noteworthy musical piece written by J. D. Heersink. The piece
of music was written for a choir, a cappella and is entitled “Jehovah
is his name”. 'A capella' is a musical term for singing
without musical instruments, usually in a choir. With regard to
the Divine name is it noteworthy that the name Jehovah is used
in many places.
Who was J. D. Heersink? We cannot answer
this question with certainty. The only J. D. Heersink that we
came across during our research was Johan Dirk Heersink, a preacher
from the Reformed Church. This would, of course, tie in with the
composition of this song. He was born on the 1th July 1874 in
Nijmegen, being the son of Hendricus Heersink and Charlotta Johanna
Haas. He studied at the theological college at Kampen and made
his entrance at Baambrugge on August 6, 1893. Johan Dirk married
Johanna Vaders in 1899. They had at least one daughter, Charlotta
Johanna born on July 19, 1900. After Baambrugge he became a preacher
at Emlichheim (Germany), Oude Pekela en Nieuweroord. He retired
on July 30, 1939, after which he settled in Barchem. He died on
14 July 1948 at Barchem.
The other name that we see on the first sheet
is Gerard H. Boedijn. Gerard Hendrik Boedijn had a whole music
career behind him. We found on Wikipedia: "Boedijn started
violin lessons at a very early age, together with lessons in percussion,
wind instruments and piano at the municipal music school in Horn.
He studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory where he was taught the
violin, music theory, composition and choir conducting. From 1914
to 1917, he was a teacher at the music school of Maastricht. Then
he went to Horn and worked as a teacher, a freelance composer
and a conductor of choirs and orchestras. From 1927 to 1933 he
was a director of the music school in Veendam. Then he went back
to Horn. He led many choirs and orchestras and, in particular
received much fame from his work with the Dutch Copper Orchestra.
In 1959, he was knighted by the Queen into the Order of Orange-Nassau.
Here is the piece of music.