1723 Frans Caspar Schnitger Organ

Hervormde Kerk, Duurswoude/Friesland, The Netherlands

 

Short Introduction and History

Duurswoude and Wijnjeterp together form the Frisian village called Wijnjewoude.
In 1917, organ builder Proper (from Kampen) placed an organ in the church at Duurswoude.
O.B. Wiersma had discovered that this organ was the instrument that Frans Caspar Schnitger had delivered to the Lutheran Church at Zwolle, probably in 1723; he published his discovery in 1972 in the November issue of het ORGEL. The layout of the action suggests that the instrument was originally built as the Rugpositief of another organ.

After changes by J.C. Scheuer in 1837 and 1838, J. C. van Loo rebuilt the organ in 1862.
In 2000-2001 the organ was restored by Bakker & Timmenga (Leeuwarden), Jan Jongepier was the consultant.

The instrument has largely regained its original condition.
The specification: Praestant 8, Rohrfluit 8, Principael 4, GedactQuint 3, Octav 2, Quintanus 1 1/2, Sexquialt, Mixtuur, VoxHumana; pull-down pedals.
Source:  Jan Jongepier: Het ORGEL 98 (2002), nr. 5, 12-16 [summary]

The church room has a dry acoustics with about 1 seconds of reverberation.

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Recording technique

The organ was recorded in May 2007 with 48 kHz, 24 bit, multi-channel for Hauptwerk 2, using the multi-release technique introduced by OrganArt. The stops were recorded with multiple release levels for short and long key attacks for optimal acoustical mapping. Attack sensitive ranks were additionally recorded with multiple attacks for slow and fast key attacks (velocity sensitive set version only)

Virtual Console

 

Specification

Organ temperament: Mean-tone (1/6 comma)
Manual compass: C - c3 (extd. version d3)
Pedal compass: C - H (extd. version d1), pull-down pedal

Wind pressure 61 mm

Pitch a1 = 460 Hertz

Manuaal

Praestant 8

Rohrfluit 8

Principael 4

GedacktQuint 3

Octav 2

Quintanus 1½   

Sexquialter 2 st., bas/disc  

Mixtuur 4 sterck      

Vox Humana 8

Pedaal:

Subbas 16

Schnitger (C - E: Roerfluit) extd. version Praestant: C - d3

Schnitger (metal)

Schnitger

Schnitger, bass stopped, treble open  (few pipes reconstructed) 

New

Schnitger (treble new)

Partly new (reconstructed from exisiting Schnitger pipes)

Partly new (reconstructed from exisiting Schnitger pipes)

New, double cone resonators, copy from Vox Humana of St. Laurenskerk, Alkmaar


Extd. version: Historic 18th century rank

Requirements

Loaded Version

Memory Requirements 3)

Processor Speed 2)

16-bit, compressed1), single loop

630 MB

≥ 800 MHz  SingleCore

16-bit, compressed, all loops

760 MB

≥ 800 MHz  SingleCore

24-bit, compressed, all loops

1320 MB

≥ 800 MHz  SingleCore

1) Lossless compression (no loss of sound quality!)

2) Minimal configuration: Single-Core, 2 GByte RAM

3) To load this organ into Hauptwerk you will need enough free memory in your computer, due to the amount of playable stops, not including the operating system or any other programs that may be running!         

We recommend a professional audio card (e.g. RME-Series) and a studio headphone (e.g. AKG Reference Headphone K701, K712) for optimal sound and room impression.

Demos

The following demo pieces were recorded with the Hauptwerk Advanced Edition software and the virtual organ sample set with no additional effects processing.

Live recorded demos by Anton Doornhein, NL :

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (* 1562 Deventer/NL; † 1621)

 "Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr" (Original temperament)  | 4:22 min
Var 1:  Rohrfluit 8', Praestant 8'
Var 2:  Rohrfluit 8'
Var 3:  Rohrfluit 8', Praestant 8', Principael 4'
Var 4:  Rohrfluit 8', Praestant 8', Principael 4', Mixtuur 4 sterck

Joannis de Lublin (Poland * ~ 1520 ?, † ?)

Danse No. 5 | 0:52 min
Vox Humana 8', + Praestant 8'
Danse No. 14 | 1:08 min
Rohrfluit 8', Gedact Quint 3',  + Quintanus 1 1/2
Danse No. 18 | 0:49 min
Rohrfluit 8', Gedact Quint 3', Sexquialt,  Praestant 8', Principael 4', + Vox Humana 8'

Heinrich Scheidemann (* ~ 1596 Wöhrden/Germany, † 1663)

Praeambulum in d | 2:21 min
Rohrfluit 8'  + Praestant 8' 
Ped.: Subass 16' (extd.), fixed coupled

J. Pachelbel (* 1653, Nürnberg; † 1706)

"Aria quarta" (Original temperament) | 5:05 min
Aria:  Rohrfluit 8'
Var 1:  Rohrfluit 8', Praestant 8'
Var 2:  Rohrfluit 8', Praestant 8', Principael 4'
Var 3:  Rohrfluit 8', Praestant 8', Principael 4', Octav 2' 
Var 4:  Rohrfluit 8', Vox Humana 8
Var 5:  Rohrfluit 8', Quintanus 1 1/2
Var 6:  Rohrfluit 8', Praestant 8', Principael 4', Gedact Quint 3', Octav 2'
Aria:  Rohrfluit 8'

D. Buxtehude (* ~ 1637 Helsingborg, DK; † 1707 Lübeck)

Passacaglia in d (Original temperament) | 6:08 min
Rohrfluit 8'  + Praestant 8'   + Principael 4'  + (Gedact Quint 3', Octav 2')  - (Gedact Quint 3', Octav 2') 
- Principael 4'  - Praestant 8'
Ped.: Subass 16' (extd.), fixed coupled

Canzonetta in G (Werckmeister III temperament) | 2:41 min
Rohrfluit 8' , Quintanus 1 1/2, + (Praestant 8', Principael 4')

Anonymus (based on "Première Entrée du Ballet Royal de l'Impatience" by Jean Batiste Lully)
"Cancion para la Corneta con el Eco" (Mean tone quarter comma temperament)  | 4:17 min
Rohrfluit 8', Praestant 8', Sexquialt  disc

J. S. Bach (1685-1750)  | 9:03 min
Fantasia (Concerto) in G BWV 571 (Kirnberger temperament
Allegro: Rohrfluit 8', Principael 4', Gedact Quint 3',  Quintanus 1 1/2,  Octav 2'
Adagio: Praestant 8'
Allegro: Rohrfluit 8', Principael 4', Gedact Quint 3',  Quintanus 1 1/2,  Octav 2', Mixtuur 4 sterck
Ped.: Subass 16' (extd.), fixed coupled

Numerous other live recordings can be found on the ConcertHall Website
(Advanced Search, Organ: OAM - F.C. Schnitger, Duurswoude)

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