An Architectural Tour of Leufsta Bruk

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:
An Architectural Tour of Leufsta Bruk

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Leufsta Bruk, one of the most specialized villages in 18th-century Sweden, in spite of the richness of the baroque ornaments and the overwhelming impression of its grandiose architecture, and despite the fact that the organ does not have an actual point of connection to the bruk's architecture, in its very distinctive functional shape the organ could be said to mirror not only the wealth of the owner and the importance of the bruk, but also something of the restrictive and cultivated “baroque functionalism” that characterizes the architecture of the village as a whole. Charles De Geer, who represented the third generation of the De Geer family to rule Leufsta Bruk, supplied the new church with a magnificent organ by Sweden's best organ builder, Johan Niclas Cabman.

Keywords: Leufsta Bruk; Sweden; Charles De Geer; architecture; Dutch Reformed tradition; bruk; baroque ornament; church; Niclas Cabman

Chapter.  3496 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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