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Steinmeyer St. Magnus [Back to Library]

Producer: Pipeloops
Builder: Steinmeyer
Country: Germany
Style: Modern Organs
Manuals: 2
Pedalboard: No
Audio Ouput:
Date Built: 1962


The organ in St. Magnus in Marktoberdorf (Germany) is looking back on an interesting history. It has been built by the reputed firm Steinmeyer in 1962 for the cathedral St. Lorenz in Nuremberg, where it replaced the previous "Laurentiusorgel", which had been built in 1937 and was destroyed in the war. The organs in St. Lorenz with a total of 162 stops distributed on the Main-, Laurentius-, and Stephansorgan are the second largest organ installation (following Passau cathedral) in Germany.

The new Laurentiusorgan however was considered not strong enough for its intended function and the huge cathedral space, which resulted in several modifications throughout the years. When the complete organ installation in St. Lorenz was renovated starting in 2004, the Laurentius organ from 1962 was abandoned and replaced by a new organ from the Klais company. The main organ, also built by Steinmeyer, was restored and kept to a large extent. The Laurentius organ as well as the monumental historic main console were rescued from destruction by the Organ and Culture Center of Dr. Sixtus Lampl in Valley, Germany. The organ was sold to Marktoberdorf in 2008, where it is filling the St. Magnus church with its beautiful sound.

The instrument comprises 31 stops on two manuals and pedal, and could be played from its own console (still in operation at St. Magnus) as well as from the large main console. This main console is now on display in the Zollinger Hall at the organ museum in Valley as a living monument. The special feature of this display is that it is now possible to play one of the original organs from this historic console by using Hauptwerk and this sample set.

The sound of this organ is colourful and typical for its time. A rich palette of foundations creates warmth, while aliquotes and mixtures are providing a radiating crown to the sound. The organ features a very responsive electrical action as well as electrically controlled stops.

The console gives evidence of various alterations and is typical for its time. In St. Magnus it is located on a moveable platform on the balcony and connected to the organ via a single wiring harness. The organ is built along the eastern wall of the cross-shaped church and its sound can travel freely into the room. The church has a splendid acoustics with a reverberation time of 3-4 seconds, and the organ can be heard very clearly everywhere in the building.

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