Photography by Ton van der Wal
The current organ, built by Albertus Hinsz from 1741 to 1743, departed from an older instrument built in 1676 by Johan Slegel. The organ case was built by Hinsz, as well as a new mechanical traction system, a third manual and new stops. The pedal was just attached to the manual sections, so it didn’t still form an independent section. At the time of construction by Hinsz the organ had 33 stops.
Forty years later, from 1788 to 1790, Freytag and Franz Caspar Schnitger jr. (with the same name as the father, Franz Caspar Schnitger, and grandson of Arp Schnitger) add an independent pedal with eight stops and a new Borstwerk section controlled by the Bovenwerk manual. A new Fagot 16’ is placed in Rugwerk, in the former space of a Dulciana stop that was changed into the new Borstwerk. At this time the organ had already four sections (even though controlled by only three manuals) and a pedal, accounting a total of 46 stops.
During the 19th century the organ suffers several alterations, including the addition of new registers in 1825 and a new independent manual for Borstwerk in 1866.
In the 20th century the organ is restored by Bakker & Timmenga from 1967 to 1975, focusing on the Hinsz original state but keeping eight stops from the 1790-1866 period in a separate part of Bovenwerk. Currently the organ is tuned to A=448Hz and has equal temperament.
The top of the case is crowned with King David playing an harp, at the center, flanked by two trumpet musician angels and two larger figures holding string instruments. Atlantes hold the bottom of the larger pipe towers and two angels keep the Rugwerk as if it was floating.
1741-1743 – organ construction
1788-1790 – addition of Pedal and Borstwerk sections by H.H. Freytag and F.C. Schnitger
1817 – organ changes by Scheuer
1825 – organ changes with addition of registers by Albertus van Gruisen
1866 – new independent manual for Borstwerk by Zwier van Dijk
1967-1975 – organ restoration by Bakker & Timmenga
2000 – organ restoration by Reil
|Prestant 8′||Prestant 16′||Prestant 8′||Gedakt 8′||Prestant 16′|
|Holpijp 8′||Bourdon 16′||Roerfluit 8′||Fluit 4′||Subbas 16′|
|Octaaf 4′||Prestant 8′||Quintadeen 8′||Woudfluit 2′||Octaaf 8′|
|Fluit 4′||Holpijp 8′||Fluit 4′||Dulciaan 8′||Gedekt 8′|
|Gedakt Quint 3′||Octaaf 4′||Octaaf 4′||Roerquint 6′|
|Octaaf 2′||Fluit 4′||Speelfluit 3′||Octaaf 4′|
|Fluit 2′||Quint 3′||Germshoorn 2′||Open Fluit 2′|
|Sifflet 1′||Superoctaaf 2′||Nassat 1′ 1/3||Bazuin 16′|
|Sexquialter III||Mixtuur III-V||Scherp III||Trompet 8′|
|Mixtuur III-IV||Tertiaan II||Vox humana 8′||Cornet 4′|
|Fagot 16′||Scherp III|
|Trompet 16′||Bovenwerk II|
|Trompet 8′||Holpijp 8′|