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Dordrecht (Bach-orgel)

On September 26, 2007, the Bach organ, manufactured by Verschueren Orgelbouw (Heythuysen), was ceremoniously inaugurated in the Grote Kerk in Dordrecht. This instrument is a significant addition to the Dutch organ collection in general and to the Grote Kerk in Dordrecht in particular. Never before in the Netherlands had a stylistic replica of the work of the famous organ builder Gottfried Silbermann been constructed. Furthermore, from a stylistic perspective, the instrument is an important complement to the magnum opus of the organ builders Kam in the impressive 'Dordtse Dom.'

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Bach Organ Principles

The installation of the Bach organ was initiated by the Foundation Bach-orgel Grote Kerk Dordrecht. The board aimed to build a type of Baroque organ not yet present in the Netherlands, specifically designed to bring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach to life optimally. From these considerations, the name 'Bach organ' was chosen, even though it is a term that can be interpreted in various ways and is somewhat loaded.


Exploratory trip and model selection

To allow the foundation board to explore East German Baroque organs in relation to J.S. Bach and his work, Peter van Dijk organized an organ trip from October 17 to 19, 2002. The organs of the Dom in Brandenburg (1725, Joachim Wagner), the Dom in Freiberg (1714, Gottfried Silbermann), the Hofkirche in Dresden (1755, Gottfried Silbermann and Zacharias Hildebrandt), the village church of Störmthal (1723, Zacharias Hildebrandt; played by Bach himself), the St. Wenzelskirche in Naunburg (1746, Zacharias Hildebrandt; inspected by, among others, J.S. Bach), and the village church in Erfurt-Büssleben (1702, Georg Christoph Stertzing) were visited.

Furthermore, a visit was made to the organ builder and Silbermann specialist Kristian Wegscheider in Dresden, with whom further arrangements were made regarding the provision of data.

Organ modeled after Freiberg

Based on this trip, the decision was made to choose the Silbermann organ in Freiberg as the tonal model and, regarding the technical structure and some registers not present in the Freiberg Dom organ, to align with the Silbermann organs of the St. Petrikirche in Freiberg (1735) and Dresden (Hofkirche). The latter organ also provided points of reference for converting the mensuration of the Freiberg dom organ from choir pitch to the desired chamber pitch. As for the keyboard, the Silbermann organ in Reinhardtsgrimma (1739) served as a model. The plan was also discussed with the two honorary advisors, Gustav Leonhardt and Ton Koopman. Their additional comments were gratefully incorporated.

In consultation with the church council of the Grote Kerk in Dordrecht, the Rijks Dienst Monumenten Zorg in Zeist, and the Monumenten department of the Municipality of Dordrecht, the choir of Mary was chosen as the location for the organ to be built, where the instrument would need to be installed on the ground floor in the choir enclosure. Initially, various types of organs were considered, but a stylistic replica of the work of a Saxon organ builder, either Gottfried Silbermann, especially his organ in the Dom in Freiberg (1714), or Zacharias Hildebrandt, was chosen. Since 2007, the instrument has been located in the choir of Mary in the Grote Kerk, offering a unique opportunity, together with the Kam organ, to perform a large part of the organ repertoire on organs suitable for this purpose within one space.

Dordrecht (Bach-orgel)


  • Verschueren Orgelbouw (Heythuysen), 2007
  • 2 manuals
  • 34 stops


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