Head Musiksommer

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.

photo: Th. Ufert, Leipzig
St. Laurentius 2004
photo: Th. Ufert, Leipzig
and 2007
photo: Th. Ufert, Leipzig
altar 2007
photo: Th. Ufert, Leipzig
and 2008

 

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.

Richard Kreutzbach
Richard Kreutzbach, the
builder of our organ

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.

the console
the console (click to enlarge)

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.

Yours faithfully

Frank Lehmann

 

 
View to the organ The Kreutzbach-Organ
photos before restoration

 

 

Disposition before restoration and enlargement:

I. manual - C-f'''
(pneumatic action)

Bordun 16'
Prinzipal 8'
Viola di Gamba 8'
Rohrflöte 8'
Principal 4'
Gemshorn 4'
Blockflöte 2'
Oktave 2'
Cornett 4fach
Mixtur 4fach

II. manual - C-f'''
(pneumatic action)

Geigenprinzipal 8'
Salicional 8'
Gedeckt 8'
Principal 4'
Flauto traverso 4'
Larigot 1 1/3'
Terz 1 3/5'
Piccolo 2'
Zimbel 3fach

Pedal - c-d'
(mechanical action)

Posaune 16'
Subbass 16'
Principal 8'
Choralbass 4'

playing aids:

pedal coupler from I. manual; manual coupler II-I; swell; collective couplers: piano-, mezzoforte- and fortissimo-stops

 

 
View to the organ The Kreutzbach-Organ
photos after restoration and enlargement

 

 

Disposition after restoration and enlargement:

I. Manual - C-f'''
(pneumatic action)
[great organ (HW)]

Bordun 16'play audio sample

Prinzipal 8'play audio sample

Hohlflöte 8'play audio sample

Viola di Gamba 8'play audio sample

Rohrflöte 8'play audio sample

Principal 4'play audio sample

Gemshorn 4'play audio sample

Oktave 2'play audio sample

Cornett 4fach*play audio sample

Mixtur 4fach*play audio sample

Trompete 8'play audio sample

II. Manual - C-f'''
(pneumatic action)
[Oberwerk (OW)]

Geigenprizipal 8'play audio sample

Salicional 8'play audio sample

Gedeckt 8'play audio sample

Principal 4'play audio sample

Flauto traverso 4'play audio sample

Aeoline 8'play audio sample

Oboe 8'play audio sample

Piccolo 2'play audio sample

Harmonia 3fach**play audio sample

Pedal - c-d'
(mechanical action)

Violon 16'

Subbass 16'

Posaune 16'

Principal 8'

 

 

playing aids:

pedal coupler from I. manual;

manual coupler II-I; swell;

collective couplers:

pianoplay audio sample

mezzoforteplay audio sample

fortissimoplay audio sample

* 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:

 

Geigenprincipal 8' + Principal 4' (HW) + Piccolo 2'play audio sample

Geigenprincipal 8' + Principal 4' (HW) + Piccolo 2' + Harmonia 3fachplay audio sample

Geigenprincipal 8' + Principal 4' (HW) + Piccolo 2' + Oboe 8'play audio sample

Principal 8' (HW) + Principal 4' (HW) + Oktave 2'play audio sample

Principal 8' (HW) + Principal 4' (HW) + Oktave 2' + Mixtur 4fachplay audio sample

Principal 8' (HW) + Principal 4' (HW) + Oktave 2' + Mixtur 4fach + Bordun 16'play audio sample

Principal 8' (HW) + Principal 4' (HW) + Oktave 2' + Mixtur 4fach + Bordun 16' + Trompete 8'play audio sample

Viola di Gamba 8' + Rohrflöte 8'play audio sample

Viola di Gamba 8' + Rohrflöte 8' + Hohlflöte 8'play audio sample

Viola di Gamba 8' + Rohrflöte 8' + Hohlflöte 8' + Gemshorn 4'play audio sample

Salicional 8' + Aeoline 8'play audio sample

Salicional 8' + Aeoline 8' + Gedeckt 8'play audio sample

Salicional 8' + Aeoline 8' + Gedeckt 8' + Flauto traverso 4'play audio sample

shortened version of Johann Sebastian Bach - Toccata & Fuge d-minor BWV 565 (MP3, 5,3 MB)play audio sample

 

 

 

additional photos

 

View into the pipes of the great division
View into the pipes of the great division. Easily recognizable by its bright colour is the recently build register "Hohlflöte 8".
View at the characteristic sound tubes of the new register "Trompete 8"
View at the pipes built at the left and right side behind the prospect. One can recognize the new register "Trompete 8" by the characteristic sound tubes.
View at the pipes of the new register "Trompete 8" View at the pipes of the new register "Trompete 8"
View at the pipes of the new register "Trompete 8" View at the pipes of the new register "Trompete 8"
In the left of these two pictures we receive a view at the biggest pipes of the new register "Trumpet 8".
At the right side one can see the principle register´s pipes inside the prospect.
The new register signs
The new register signs at the left and right side of the manuals had been manufactured out of porcelain.
The new register signs

 

 

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