Johann Andreas Silbermann | Dom . Arlesheim [Switzerland]

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The Arlesheim organ was built by Johann Andreas Silbermann from 1759 to 1761, at the same time as the church was rebuilt and enlarged, allowing to improve and adapt reciprocally the organ sound and the church acoustics. It is considered one of the main examples in the mixture of French and German organbuilding tradition.

The first main modifications were done by Weigle in 1888, proceeding to the displacement of pipework along the organ sections and tuning the instrument to A=440Hz. In 1913 new changes were made, with the removal of the original mixture and reed ranks.

From 1959 to 1962 a restoration was carried by Metzler, returning the instrument to its almost original stoplist, increasing the pedal compass to 27 notes and retuning it in the original pitch.

In 1998 Bernhardt Edskes substitutes the horizontal bellows introduced by Metzler for wedge bellows. A major restoration is done by Kern, comprising windchest repairs, leather substitutions, pipework cleaning, subsequent retuning and intonation, and repair works in the instrument wooden case.

Currently it has three manuals and pedalboard, with 20 Silbermann original stops.


1759-1761 – organ construction
1888 – organ changes by Weigle
1913 – organ changes by Goll
1959-1962 – organ restoration by Metzler
1998 – new bellows by Bernhardt Edskes
2004-2005 – organ restoration by Kern


Grand Orgue Positif de dos Echo Pédale
Bourdon 16 ‘ Bourdon 8’ Bourdon 8’ Soubasse 16’
Bourdon 8 ‘ Prestant 4’ Prestant 4’ Basse Octave 8’
Montre 8’ Flute 4’ Nazard 2 2/3’ Quinte 5 1/3’
Prestant 4’ Nazard 2 2/3’ Doublette 2’ Prestant 4’
Nazard 2 2/3’ Doublette 2’ Tierce 1 3/5’ Fourniture III
Doublette 2’ Tierce 1 3/5’ Trompette 8’ Bombarde 16’
Tierce 1 3/5’ Larigot 1 1/3’ Fagott 8’ Trompette 8’
Sifflet 1’ Fourniture III Clairon 4’
Cymbal II Cromorne 8’
Fourniture III
Trompette 8’
Voix Humaine 8’
Grand Cornet 8’

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