The St. Laurentius Church Markranstaedt and the Kreutzbach-Organ
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to welcome you in our St. Laurentius church of Markranstaedt.
The original building of our church can be dated back into the 13th century.
Sadly, only one wall from the 13th century has been preserved. Due to this fact,
the church received its present appearance in about 1540.
Our altar was handmade in 1568 and possibly originates from the famous "Lukas Cranach - school" of Wittenberg.
The today´s interior design is based on a layout designed by the architect Julius Zeißig in 1903.
Our entire church including our precious organ has been completely renovated in 2006/2007.
Already in the 15th century the first organ has been placed into the church of Markranstaedt.
A newer instrument has been built during the commencement of the Thirty Year´s War in 1617/18
by the organ-builder´s family Compenius, which was located in Middle Germany. The organ builder
Heinrich Compenius (1565-1631) was born in Eisleben and settled down in Halle in 1597.
However, there he worked on several projects including the creation of the organ located in the cathedral of Merseburg (1616), the Pauliner church of Leipzig (1626/27), as well as in the famous church of St. Thomas of Leipzig (1630).
The biggest of Compenius´organs has been placed into the cathedral of Magdeburg in 1604/05.
In 1886, 265 years later, the old organ has been replaced with the one currently in use.
That instrument, however, has been built by the organ builder´s company Urban Kreuzbach,
who was the son of Richard Kreutzbach and originates from Borna near Leipzig.
The organ has been modified several times and five stops were adapted to the prevailing taste in the 1960´s.
The organ builder’s family Urban Kreutzbach crafted about 200 organs in their 80-years lasting period
of creation. Due to this, the family Kreutzbach is considered to be the most productive organ builder’s
family in Saxony during these times.
Several apprentices of this company became successful and well known, e. g. the famous Friedrich Ladegast.
Our organ is in possession of two keyboards, a pedal, 24 stops and a swell organ. Additionally it contains
a pneumatic action, to which´s inventors Richard Kreutzbach can be counted. The stop "trumpet 8" completed
the great organ in 2007.
Clearly it is not exaggerated to say that our organ is the most beautiful sounding instrument in the area of Leipzig. You are very welcome to convince yourself of this fact.
Disposition before restoration and enlargement:
pedal coupler from I. manual; manual coupler II-I; swell; collective couplers: piano-, mezzoforte- and fortissimo-stops
Disposition after restoration and enlargement:
* played with "Rohrflöte 8" / ** played with "Gedeckt 8"
Particulars written in bold correspond to registers of the original disposition.
The register "Trompete 8", written in italic-bold is an additional one. It has been set behind the pipes of the prospect.
further audio examples: