Sample Sets

Leeuwarden Jacobijnerkerk

Undoubtedly, the most significant interior piece of the Great Church is the organ that has filled the entire west wall of the church since 1727. On March 19, 1727, the new instrument was inspected by several skilled organists on behalf of the city authorities. They submitted a very favorable report on March 25, marking the beginning of the organ's fame, which continues to this day!

The current organ was built in the years 1724-1727 by an organ builder from Amsterdam originally hailing from the Harz region in Germany, Christian Müller. On June 2, 1724, the organist of the Great Church, Rynoldus Popma van Oevering, was instructed to "thoroughly inquire in Holland about the newest types and models of organs, and the best masters to make them, as well as their prices."

Request Brochure

Müller get the job

Popma van Oevering then came into contact with Christian Müller in Amsterdam, who already enjoyed a certain reputation. On July 21, this organ builder came to Leeuwarden to further negotiate with the committee appointed by the city authorities. Müller brought a drawing with him, and the contract was signed on July 28. The organ would consist of 3 manuals (keyboards) and a separate pedalboard for the feet. The instrument would have 37 stops. Müller also had to repair the old organ and transfer it to the Westerkerk. He would receive 9000 guilders for all of this.


The organ case

From the church, one can count 230 (front) pipes, but the interior also contained about 2252 pipes ranging in size from a few millimeters to over 5 meters. On the organ, there are three life-sized statues representing Faith, Hope, and Charity, with two angels blowing trumpets in between. This sculpture was created by the sculptor Gerbrand van der Haven, while the smaller figures on the Positive were crafted by Jacob Sydses Bruinsma, who a few years later was also commissioned to create the carvings under the organ, featuring the city's coat of arms.

Adjustments on the organ

Certainly, the organ has been adjusted several times to changing tastes since 1727, but during the previous church restoration (1972–1976), the instrument was restored to its original state by the Leeuwarden organ builders Bakker & Timmenga. The organ case also regained its original color (Venetian red). (In the 19th century, the organ was once painted green and later brown!)

In the fall of 2002, the instrument was cleaned, repaired, and tuned. A new tremulant for the Upper Manual was also made, and the register names on either side of the keyboards were renewed in gold.

The Leeuwarden Müller organ is still considered one of the most important organs in the Netherlands, "corresponding to the size and appearance of this capital of the province."

Leeuwarden Jacobijnerkerk


  • Müller, 1727
  • 3 keyboards
  • 38 stops


On this page, you see only a selection of sample sets; of course, all sample sets for Hauptwerk and Sweelinq are available for our Cambiare organs. There are now hundreds of organs available, ranging from small Baroque organs to large symphonic instruments. Through various sample set providers, we can offer you the complete library of sample sets in our Cambiare organs. Do you have any questions about a specific sample set?

Please contact us!