The Patrick Collon organ in the Erlöserkirche in Münster from 1999 is highly unique in its musical conception. It is a European organ in the true sense of the word. With this organ Patrick Collon has succeeded in combining formative stylistic elements from different regions of Europe to create a very own, individual style. The organ combines elements of the baroque style from France, Spain, Italy and southern Germany.
When a new organ was planned for the Erlöserkirche in Münster in the 1990s, it was to be built in a handcrafted Baroque style to match the church music tradition of the congregation. Because of the difficult acoustics of the church room, which suppresses low frequencies strongly, but reproduces high frequencies very clearly, revealing any errors in the sound mercilessly, the organ should be designed with a strong fundamental tone and the plenum should not be too sharp. This requirement was seen to be fulfilled in 18th century organ building tradition in southern Germany, with a plenum resting on a strong foundation, 8' voices in a variety of timbres, radiant french reeds and silvery shining mixtures. Moreover, these organs were already multicultural, combining German, Italian and French stylistic elements into a new synthesis.
Thus, on the threshold of the new millennium, the idea was born to carry the multicultural aspect even further and to create a truly European organ. In Patrick Collon from Brussels an organ builder was found who is deeply rooted in the baroque organ building tradition and who had already created important instruments in almost all important European organ building styles. With his support, the concept for a truly European organ, a hitherto unknown synthesis of the various regional building styles of the Baroque era, has been developed. The driving force behind the conceptual development and disposition was the then organist of the Erlöserkirche, Winfried Berger, who unfortunately has since passed away.
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