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  1. Hi mate. Breda is one of my favourite places in Holland, with Amsterdam being the other. Usually if I decide to take a few days in Amsterdam then I pop down to Breda by train because I am 22 and I like dance music hence my occasional visits to the "Magik" store on the Niewstraat!! I have not noticed an RC cathedral in Breda. I may not have looked hard enough or you and I might be thinking of the same church! My Dad likes looking in Churches so he would probably have a field day looking in the Grote Kerk. I used to be a bit of an organist myself for a few years. I never did it for a job though and I eventually couldn't find a practive place that was available all the time so I gave up. :angry: Let me know what you find out. I will be interested. Also, I thought that the Grote Kerk had been RC since around 1630? Still a very nice church though. And I shall come and look into the RC cathedral-church in Breda next time I am there. What is the organ history of the RC Cathedral in Breda? And where is it in relation to the Grote Kerk? Dave
  2. Hi all. Whilst I was in Holland in early November, I took the chance to visit the main church in the town of Breda. This church has just emerged from 99 years of restoration (1904 - 2003). This spendid church also has an organ to match. Here it is, and apologies for the size of this picture which also shows the results of the restoration in part of the nave. I used MS Paint to make the picture a bit smaller than it was. Photo: DC Harries, July 2003 It has 4 manuals, 63 stops and 3780 pipes. The main case is dated to 1967 - 69 but the positive was part of the first organ after the Great Fire of Breda - which destroyed 1300 houses, churches and chapels, leaving only 150 houses plus this church - and the positive case plus its painted doors date therefore to 1534. A rare survival? Anyway, the book about this organ and its history was published in 1989 and it gives a list of the builders who have worked on instruments in this church: 1429: Mr. Jannes, Brabant - first known organ 1534: Hendrik Niehoff (?) - new organ. Located next to the current entrance which is the South door. 1543: Ysbrant Claeszone, Breda - additions 1546: Ysbrant Claeszone, Breda - additions 1549: Ysbrant Claeszone, Breda - additions 1566: Pipes removed for storage during religious troubles. 1710: Jacobus Zeemans, Breda (organist of the church) - new organ, sited above west door in the position of the present one. Cost: 2000 guilders. 1785 - 89: Johannes Schot, Breda. Various works but not a rebuild. Cost 2290.15 guilders. 1798: Organ valued to be worth 3600 guilders. 1816: Cornelius van Oeckelen, Breda - repairs. Paid 175 guilders. 1843: Stulting & Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht. Paid 1225 guilders for works. 1859: Stulting, Utrecht. Paid 396.60 guilders for a new Viola Da Gamba (8ft.) 1938: H.W Flentrop, Zaandam - organ moved to the crossing at the east end of the nave to allow for restoration of the nave. 1956: Organ moved to a position on the south side at the east end of the nave, next to the crossing. 1969: Flentrop, Zaandam - organ rebuilt with new main case. 1534 positive case retained. Anyway, look at the 1534 specification: ========== Grote of O.L.V Kerk te Breda, Holland Specification of 1534 organ (by Hendrik Niehoff?) Hooftwerk: 6ft. Prestant 3ft. Octaaf Mixtuur Cimball 6ft. Holpijp 3ft. Fluit 1ft. Gemshoorn 1ft. Sifflet Tertscimbel 6ft. Trompet Rugwerk: 3ft. Prestant 3ft. Holpijp 12ft. Kromhoorn 6ft. Regaal 3ft. Schalmey Borstwerk: 3 stops. Pipes in HW. Pedaal: 12ft. Prestant 6ft. Trompet (from HW) Trommel (added 1548) ========== The PW in the above specification stands for "Pedaalwerk". My question is this: Did this organ of 1534 have one of the earliest - if not THE earliest - pedal division of any organ in Europe? Or was there an earlier one elsewhere? Sorry to make this posting so long! Hope the picture looks OK. Any information on my above question will be gladly recieved! Dave Harries, Bristol
  3. It shows that the original builder was a contemporary of Dom Bedos. Looking at the picture of the organ made me realise that it looks exactly like the 1748 Dom Bedos organ in Bordeaux Cathedral. Dave
  4. Thank you for leading me to this. I might be able to find a good home for that. Dave
  5. As is suggested by other respondents in this topic, the Marienkirche in Lubeck indeed had two organs. From what I have in my source, a summary of the specifications is as follows: Main Organ: HW: 16, 16, 8, 8, 4, 4, 2 2/3, II, X-XV, IV, 16, 8, 4 RP: 16, 8, 8, 8, 4, 4, 2, II, V, IV-V, 16, 8, 8, 8 BW: 8, 8, 4, 4, 2, 2, 1, II, VI-VIII, III, 8, 8 PD: 32, 16, 16, 8, 8, 4, 2, 1, VI, 24, 16, 16, 8, 8, 2 Totentanz Organ: (1476-7, 1557-8, 1621-2) HW: 16, 8, 8, 4, 2 2/3, II, VIII-X, 8 RP: 8, 8, 8, 4, 4, II, 1 1/3, VI-VIII, 16, 8 BW: 8, 4, 2, 1 1/3, 8, 4 PD: 16, 16, 8, 8, 4, 4, 2, 1, IV, II, 16, 16, 8, 4, 2 But my source only gives the Totentanz chapel organ as having been destroyed in 1942. I don't know why. NOTE: for the above was Making Music On The Organ (Peter Hurford, 1989 / 1990) Dave
  6. The largest number of ranks taken by multiple-rank stops I have ever found in a 3 manual organ is to be found in the old main organ of the Marienkirche, Lubeck. Schulze replaced the organ from which this comes. HW: Rauschpfeife II (2 ranks) Mixtur X-XV (10-15 ranks) Scharff IV (4 ranks) RP: Sesquialtera II (2 ranks) Mixtur V (5 ranks) Scharff IV - V (4-5 ranks) BW: Sesquialtera II (2 ranks) Mixtur VI - VIII (6-8 ranks) Zimbel III (3 ranks) Ped: Mixtur VI (6 ranks) If the organ was existant today, this organ (assuming each manual is 61 notes and the pedal is 30 notes) would be: HW: 13 stops, 34 ranks, 2074 pipes RP: 14 stops, 26 ranks, 1586 pipes BW: 12 stops, 25 ranks, 1525 pipes PD: 15 stops, 21 ranks, 630 pipes =========================== TOTAL: 54 stops, 106 ranks, 5815 pipes =========================== A bit over-the-top for a 3-manual organ that was around before the middle of the 19th century, I think! Dave
  7. I have searched on the NPOR (National Pipe Organ Register) and they have the following entry for the name of William Sweetland, located in Bath: ========== Floruit: 1847-1962 Located: Bath Addresses and periods at locations: 1850s - 1906: Cleveland Pl West,London Rd, Walcot, Bath 1914 - 1939:London Rd [Cleveland Cottages], London Rd, Bath 1940 -> Locksbrook Rd [Centenary Works], Weston, Bath Titles used by this firm: William Sweetland 1847?-1902 The Sweetland Organ Building Co. Ltd 1905ad-39 The Sweetland Organ Co 1914D-1939 The Sweetland Organ Building Co (Leach & Sons) 1935 References for the information above: O&C 1905 /10, ad [in AF ntbk DOB 055] Trade Directories: Kelly Somerset 1889/97/1902/06/14/23/27/31/35/39; Aubrey Somerset 1920 BOA corres Edmonds, B.B., 5.1998 Organ 056, 1935 /04, ad Pipes & Actions: Elvin, L. (1995), pp.158-160 Cross references for this builder Rushworth & Dreaper - taken over by (c. 1962) ========== Dave
  8. Hi all. In the book I have about the organ history of Salisbury Cathedral, there is a copy of an entry in the cathedral records that reads as follows: For the organ sold at Bristol not paid for hitherto £050-00-00 (1679) I have come across nothing to suggest that Bristol Cathedral obtained a new organ in (or around) 1679. Does anyone have any idea: 1) who had built this organ? 2) where it went? 3) where had it been sited in Salisbury Cathedral This is a very longstanding querry of mine so any help would be appreciated. Many Thanks. Dave
  9. Hi all. Any information on the organ of San Pietro, Bologna? Probably not as old as the organ of San Petronio but any information welcome anyway. Thanks. Dave
  10. Hi all. I gather that the organ in Bologna Cathedral dates to about 1475. Does anyone have any weblinks to pictures / informtaion about it? I was in Italy recently and meant to go but never got the chance. Dave
  11. I have looked that this and the photo of one of the organ cases also shows an organ in a more modern looking case. How old is this one? Dave
  12. What fantastic news. Well done Karl Bernhardin Kropf, INZENSO and all those who wrote in support of the campaign to save it. I was one of those who did so. Dave
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