Time travel – sound

Time lapse through the seven centuries of organ sound

The history of organ building is visible through the housing and the façade. Every moment has its style. However, the music history can also be heard. Here you are invited to follow the sound journey through seven centuries, played on selected organs of different eras, from the 15th to the 21st century. So please listen to the respective period the matching sound – and the belonging music.

15th century

Organ in Rysumer Kirche (Rysum)

With its largely preserved old pipe fragments, this instrument is one of the oldest playable organs in the world.

Sound example: „Frysicum“ – Organist: Hilger Kespohl

Photo: Konrad Küster

16th century

Organ in Warnfried-Kirche (Osteel)

This Renaissance organ was built in 1619 by Edo Evers. Even today sounds are produced from the original pipes of the time.

Sound example: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck „Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr“ – Organist: Hilger Kespohl

Photo: Konrad Küster

17th century

Organ in St. Martin (Tellingstedt)

A great portion of the pipes from this oldest yet playable organ in Schelswig-Holstein originates from the instrument which was built in 1642 by Tobias Brunner from Lunden.

Sound example: Heinrich Scheidemann „Praeambulum in d (WV 33)“ – Organist: Hilger Kespohl

Photo: Konrad Küster

18th century

Organ in Klosterkirche Uetersen (Uetersen)

The heterogeneous, historical pipe material by Johann Dietrich Busch and Jürgen Marcussen was combined in 1978 by the Beckerath company in the historic housing of a common sound expression.

Sound example: Petrus Heydorn „Fuga“ – Organist: Hilger Kespohl

Photo: Friedhelm Schneider | Copyright: Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Schleswig-Holstein

19th century

Organ in St. Petri (Buxtehude)

Built in 1859 by Philipp Furtwängler, this organ is a representative example of romantic organ building. This instrument replaced the Schnitger organ which was inaugurated in 1701, which was destroyed by a tower fire in 1853.

Sound example: Georg Armbrust „Fantasie c-Moll op. 4, Nr.2.“ – Organist: Reinhard Gundlach

Photo: Konrad Küster

20th century

Organ in Hauptkirche St. Petri (Hamburg)

The great organ originating from the workshop of Rudolf von Beckerath, revised in 2006 by Alexander Schuke (Potsdam), is a demonstrative example of the Neo-Baroque inspired organ building in the 20th century.

Sound example: Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) „Toccata F-Dur, BuxWV 157“ – Organist: Thomas Dahl

Photo: Orgelstadt Hamburg e.V. – Photographer: Alexander Voss

21st century

Organ in Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg)

The large, contemporary organ from the workshop of Klais Bonn in 2016 integrates superbly into the architecture of this concert hall.

Sound example:


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Photo: Orgelstadt Hamburg e.V. – Fotograf: Alexander Voss