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Amsterdam, Oude Kerk

Amsterdam» Oude Kerk: Hauptorgel

Christian Vater 1724-26

The organ of Amsterdam Oude Kerk was recorded  in 1726 by the parish superiors as "most admirably praiseworthy and excellent". After a major repair in 1738 by Johann Caspar Müller, the instrument suffered no radical changes.

The Oude Kerk had an organ already in the 15th century. In 1539 a new organ was built where Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck played as organist from 1577 to 1621.

In 1724 the parish superiors of the Oude Kerk contracted the organ maker Christian Vater of Hanover for a a new organ which was completed in 1726. When in 1738 the church tower was found to collapse, major repairs of the church were urgent which needed the organ to be taken out. After the repairs had been finished  Johann Caspar Müller was to reestablish the organ. Müller, however, also enlarged and changed the instrument to improve its potential of chorale accompaniment. Since Müller had just finished the organ of Haarlem St Bavo he probably should bring the Amsterdam organ to a comparable size.
Further alterations followed in 1870 by G. F. Witte who left the Vater and Müller materials widely unchanged.

Music sample

Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) :
Variationen über "Mein junges Leben hat ein End"
Gespielt von Matteo Imbruno



lll+P/ 54; manuals C-c3, pedal C-d1


Prestant   16'
Bourdon   16'
Prestant     8'
Holpijp        8'
Quint           6'
Octaaf         4'
Roerfluit     4'
Roerquint   3'
Octaaf         2'
Fluit            2'
Sexquialter disc. 4f..
Mixtuur 5-8 f..
Scherp 4-6f.
Trompet    16'
Trompet      8'


Prestant      8’
Holpijp         8’
Ouintadena 8'
Octaaf          4'
Gemshoorn 4'
Octaaf          2'
Woudfluit     2'
Cornet disc. 5f.
Sexquialter 2-4f.

Carillon 3-4f.
Mixtuur 5-8f.
Scherp 3-5f.
Fagot         16'

Trompet      8'


Ouintadena      16'
Prestant             8’
Baarpijp             8'
Ouintadena        8'
Viola di Gamba  8'
Octaaf                 4'
Gemshoorn        4'
Nasard                3’
Sexquialter 4f.
Cymbel 3f..
Trompet              8'
Dulciaan             8’
Vox Humana       8’


Prestant      16’
Subbas        16'
Prestant        8’
Roerquint      6’
Octaaf            4'
Nachthoorn  2'
Mixtuur 6f.
Bazuin         16'
Trompet        8’
Trompet        4’
Zink               2'

3 Tremulanten, couplers: BW/HW, RP/HW, HW/P;
pitch: c.1/8 tone higher than a1 440 Hz; equal temperament


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