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Link/Gaida organ Pauluskirche Ulm [Back to Library]

Producer: Pipeloops
Builder: Link/Gaida
Country: Germany
Style: Romantic Organs
Manuals: 4
Pedalboard: Yes
Audio Ouput: Surround
Date Built: 2015


The organ was built by the company Gebrüder Link from Giengen an der Brenz and inaugurated together with the church in 1910. The location in the second gallery was deliberately chosen by architect Theodor Fischer, who wrote: "That the organ under the west dome will produce a fine acoustic effect may be assumed with some reason." The organ took up elements of the Alsatian-New German organ reform, which aimed at a synthesis between German and French organ types. The division of the second manual (Schwellwerk), for example, contains typical elements from a French Récit, so the work has a typical french battery of reeds (Basson 16′, Trompette harmonique 8′, Clairon 4′). The division of the third manual, on the other hand, is more reminiscent of a Schwellwerk in the tradition of German late Romanticism.

The current state of the organ is the result of a fundamental renovation and extension by the company Orgelbau Thomas B. Gaida in Memmetsweiler. The organ was expanded to 62 stops on four manuals and a new console was installed in the first gallery, resulting in a much improved listening position for the organist. In addition, 10 auxiliary stops were installed, which are distributed over the various divisions and can be selected individually on each manual, while being excluded from the couplers. This results in an enormous flexibility that is unique in its kind.

The organ is characterized by a warm orchestral sound that can unfold wonderfully in the acoustics of St. Paul's Church. When the organ was accepted after renovation, the expert, KMD (Church Music Director) Gerhard Klumpp, wrote in his acceptance report: "The inauguration concerts were overwhelming demonstrations of the unique romantic sound of this large organ. The organ is unsurpassed in its uniqueness in a wide area. I personally know of no instrument that equals or even surpasses the St. Paul organ in its romantic character."

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