Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Grand Pipe Organs of the Grand Duchy -2006

An imposing musical instrument, the organ derives its name from the Greek word organon, simply signifying tool or instrument. Luxembourg Post issued the stamp set dedicated to the grand pipe organs in several series. On Dec 5, 2006, the first stamp series was  issued and composed of four postage stamps  features Meri, Bridel, Mondercange, Grund.
Conservatory in Luxembourg–Merl
Georg Westenfelder conceived the organ for the Grand Auditorium of the Music Conservatory in Luxembourg–Merl in 1985, an organ with 53 stops on 3 manuals, tending stylistically towards the “universally suitable” organ: stops with French-symphonic definition, German-baroque and Nordic elements as well as components coming from the romantic period are intelligently ranked. A slight Hispanic influence is evidenced by the horizontal reeds of the “Chamade” stop, standing out of the organ case.

An organ equally useable for solo literature as well as performances with orchestras, and first of all the center of gravity for the organ classes taking place in the house. The very first comprehensive concert-hall organ for Luxembourg and the region, it is perfectly balanced to suit the excellent acoustics of the hall.

The organ of Bridel, built in 1990 by the German firm Kleuker of Bielefeld (3 manuals, 19 stops), is conceived as a “soloist-stop organ”. This contemporary concept enhances the idea of the equally important input of the organ’s own personality to the ones of the performer and the score, into creation. The luxurious stop-listing and its seemingly limitless combination possibilities have to be understood as a statement to the future in terms of organ personality. The impressive casework whose sharp, outward-stepping and edged towers give three-dimensional dynamics, integrates perfectly with the multicolour glass-bricks that form the entire building. The Organ Festival Bridel has been the canter of numerous musical activities since 1997.


The organ of Mondercange Parish Church was created in 2004 by Gebrüder Oberlinger of Windesheim. The casework in solid wood with its numerous flat front fields and a balustrade-positive housing a solo flute, contains 27 stops on two manuals. The stoplist shows a large influence of the neo-classic French tradition, with evidence here and there of 19th century habits.

Modern pipe organs offer nowadays the helpful facilities given by computerized stop-action assistance, thus the instrument of Mondercange allows the musician to prepare and select instantly from among 650 different memory-levels.

The three-manual instrument conceived by G. Westenfelder in 1979 (41 stops) for Luxembourg-Grund is a partially new construction, taking over restored ancient material, as well as integrating several new additions. Elements of the French “Orgue Classique” as well as southern-German baroque influences mingle together with the lively acoustics to form one of the most desirable instruments around for organ music of the 17th and 18th centuries. The warm and lyrical voice of its stops in parallel with its fine appearance and well-balanced proportions match the baroque nave to perfection. The tuning of the organ is based on a historic model, thus giving back to the old scores their characteristic and unique idiom. (The resources taken from Luxembourg Post Information.)

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