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James Goldrick

Hertogenbosch

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A few weeks ago, I was reading through Dr. A.G Hill's Organ Cases and Organs of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and in the two seperate volumes, they both seem to deal with a single organ; the spectacular west-end organ of St Jan's Cathedral, Hertogenbosch. In the second volume it is referred to as Bois-le-duc. The images are both similar, however the latter is in slightly clearer detail and there are some variations in the casework between the two.

 

Can anyone clarify this for me?

 

Thank-you

James Goldrick

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The second volume's description is an update ; see the footnote:

 

"In the first series of this work this organ is stated to have been built by Cornellis

(probably "Cornelis") Hoornbeck (probably "Hoornbeek") in 1580.This, however, the author has now found to be an error. The Hoornbecks were a noble family of

(Sint) Hertogenbosch, and probably gave the older organ which was burnt in the fire of 1584. The list of stops given in the former volume is the list of this latter instrument".

 

As to the differencies between the two drawings, the second one could be from somebody else: it does not show A-G Hill's signature.

 

Best wishes,

Pierre Lauwers.

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