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  • Pipe Organs of Köln, Germany

    Folks,

    This Spring, my wife and I will be traveling to Germany, and we will have a day available to visit Köln, Germany, and another day to visit Amsterdam. Besides the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom--http://www.koelner-dom.de/index.php?id=domorgel&no_cache=1) with its organ hanging from the ceiling, what other instruments would be nice to visit? Oh, and did I mention the day available is a Sunday? I'm sure I can hear them then, but playing is probably out. I'm quite positive not every unknown musician is allowed to play their instruments.:'(

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions (& contacts?).

    Michael
    Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
    • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
    • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
    • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos

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    The Kölner Dom actually has 2 Klais organs: a big one up front and the swallows-nest one at the north wall. Another Klais instrument is located in the St. Maria Im Kapitol church. Pictures of my visit to Köln with the Organ Selection Committee of my church can be found on Flickr® here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8712554...7637693324743/.

    Of course, there are many more pipe organs in Köln than that, as well as many in nearby towns (Bonn is not far away and has several very nice instruments, including the Klais in the Munster there). If you were to get to Bonn, you might enjoy visiting the Orgelbau Johannes Klais located there. We found their factory most interesting and the family very cordial. (Tell Phillip Klais you know me.)

    Here are some more photos of Bonn and Cologne, including some other churches:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8712554...7626727621543/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8712554...7625688052950/

    David

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    • #3
      Thank you for the quick response, David. You've given me great guidance. Are there any historic organs in the area there (i.e. Bach, Mendelssohn, others) I may be able to visit? I'm checking other websites to see if they have any ideas as well. I'm thinking perhaps some older organs that aren't as famous may be more possible to visit and play. We're also looking at visiting the Benelux area--it's only a few hundred miles via Autobahn.

      The purpose of wanting to play these organs is so that I can get a first-hand acquaintance of the voicing and sounds of the instruments played by some of the composers I play. It would be nice to get digital recordings of the organs as well. Nothing can substitute for the original instruments certain pieces were written on.

      We may even visit Leiden, Netherlands where my father's relatives came to America. So much to do--so little time!

      Michael
      Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
      • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
      • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
      • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos

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      • #4
        Since I'm not an organist (I play, but badly), I'm not someone with a lot of information about what organs various composers played. I did a web search on "historic European organs" and found a few items that might be useful:
        www.echonotes.com/files/Lilly_Narrative.doc
        http://www.gtd.org/post/pdfbrochure/110516.pdf
        http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Topics/Bach-Organ.htm
        http://www.kids.agowichita.org/resou...pe%20Organ.pdf

        One of the links (the Bach one) indicated that Bach's favorite organ builder was not Silberman, but Schnitger.

        Well, you get the idea.

        David

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        • #5
          Originally posted by davidecasteel View Post
          One of the links (the Bach one) indicated that Bach's favorite organ builder was not Silberman, but Schnitger.
          Great resources, David. Thank you. I spent a short time today exploring websites that gave information on historically extant organs in Germany. Oddly enough, not many are in the Köln area! I checked Pachelbel, Buxtehude, many of the Bachs, and others. I got mixed information on Bach's like/dislike of mean-tone vs. equal temperament tunings. One site said he liked equal temperament early in life, while later in life he came to prefer mean-tone. Goes to prove the information one finds is only as good as the resource!

          We will be renting a car there, and I'm hoping the gas isn't too much. However, I'm planning on more rather than less.

          Again, David, thanks so much for your information and support.

          Michael
          Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
          • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
          • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
          • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos

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          • #6
            Well, just remember that Germany is not all that big. Every large church in Germany (and the other countries nearby) has a pipe organ. When I was there with the Organ Selection Committee (to visit Klais) we saw (and our organists played) Klais organs in Trier (the Dom, and the Jesuit Church), Aachen (the Dom), and the Maria Laach monastery. Of course, since Klais has only been in business for about 130 years, none of their instruments were played by the old masters.

            David

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