Exordium: Organs By Compenius (1610) and Schnitger (1693)

Kerala J. Snyder

in The Organ as A Mirror of Its Time

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195144154
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849369 | DOI:
Exordium: Organs By Compenius (1610) and Schnitger (1693)

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This chapter provides an historical account of two German organs from the 17th century. These two organs are radically different from one another. Esaias Compenius built his exquisite chamber organ for the Wolfenbüttel court. Arp Schnitgter's imposing church organ stands in St. Jacobi Church in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg. These instruments can thus symbolize opposing realms of society: court and city, nobility and bourgeoisie, secular and sacred. Arp Schnitger (1648–1719) was rediscovered during the 20th century and his instruments served as models for the organ reform movement.

Keywords: German organs; Esaias Compenius; Wolfenbüttel court; Arp Schnitgter; recording; registrations

Chapter.  1676 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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