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Vleugels organ Schlosskirche Chemnitz [Back to Library]

Producer: Pipeloops
Builder: Vleugels Orgelbau
Country: Germany
Style: French Romantic
Manuals: 3
Pedalboard: Yes
Audio Ouput: Surround
Date Built: 2010


It is a three-manual instrument with 48 stops, whose disposition is based on organs of comparable size by Cavaillé-Coll. It is important to note that this orientation is not limited to the stop names, but that the scales, wall thicknesses, pipe material, voicing, wind chests and wind guides, equalizing bellows, etc. correspond to Cavaillé-Coll's execution practice. A fortunate circumstance was the order for the restoration of one of the most important organs in Spain, namely the completely preserved organ by A. Cavaillé-Coll from the years 1883/84 in the church of the Franciscan monastery in Madrid (II/26), restoration from 2006 - 2009. Here the company Vleugels was able to deepen its knowledge of pipe construction, windchest design, etc. in the organs of Cavaillé-Coll and compare it with the original preserved historical material. The installation of an original Cavaillé-Coll Barker machine for the Hauptwerk is probably unique in Germany. The result is an instrument that is excellently suited for French Romantic literature, but can also convincingly reproduce other styles.

The console design combines historical and modern requirements for the operation of an organ in an exemplary manner. On the one hand, the organ can be registered with traditional "Appel d'anches" for the reed and aliquot stops that were common at the time of Cavaillé-Coll. The corresponding stops are marked with red lettering, as was customary at the time, and are located on the right side of the console. On the other hand, however, the console can also be switched to use a modern registration sequencer. In this case, the Appel switches have no function and a bar with the pistons for the sequencer appears under the first manual. The combination of historical and modern registration practice is probably unique in this form.

In addition to the tonal design, the instrument shall also set visual accents. The organ was to be designed as a slender and architecturally attractive sculpture. The contract for the design was awarded to the artist Jacques Gassmann. His colorful designs are intended to make the special function of organ music and its religious symbolic power within the Christian liturgy visible again by means of contemporary art and to combine instrument and architecture into a meaningful work of art.

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