Music sample

Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780) - Preludia in C (fragment)

Organist: Izäak Kingma

 

Recording by Jos van der Linden

 

Remonstrant church

Strumphler organ 1788 / 1792

Manuaal   Pedaal  
       
Prestant S 8’ Bourdon S 16’
Bourdon (treble) S 16’    
Holpijp S 8’ Pitch: a’=450 Hz.  
Octaaf S 4’ Equal temperament  
Fluit S 4’ Compass manual: C-f’’’  
Quint 3’ Compass pedal: C-d’  
Octaaf S 2’    
Mixtuur II-III      S = Strumphler, 1792  
Sexquialter (treble) II    
Tremulant      
History and description of the Strumphler-organ at the Remonstrant Church

The first information about an organ in the Remonstrant Church dates from 1725. The minutes from the church-council from the year 1726 mention a decision to place a two-manual pedal-clavichord at the disposal of organist Rijk Dirksz. to practise on. This was done on the condition that he will stay organist at the Remonstrant Church for 4 years!
Joachim Hess mentions in 1774 a two-manual organ in this church with 10 stops and pull-down pedal.

In 1788 a contract was made with Johan Dirk Baars (a builder of chamber-organs from Amsterdam). At the impost beneath the lower case (filled with dummy pipes) we can still read this date. The archives mention activities concerning the making of a Positive, but already 4 years later Johannus Stephanus Strumphler from Amsterdam was ordered to built a new organ. The work of Baars probably lacked quality. Strumphler, on the other hand, had a great reputation as a builder of chamber-organs. In 1792 he built for 1725 guilders a new organ with 10 stops on one manual.

Specification
(according to G.H. Broekhuyzen, ‘Orgelbeschrijvingen’, ca. 1850-1862):

Manuaal  
   
Bourdon 16’
Prestant 8’
Holpijp (tr. Fluit 8’) 8’
Octaaf 4’
Fluit 4’
Quint 3’
Octaaf 2’
Sexquialter disc. IV
Sexquialter bas II
Mixtuur IV
Trompet 8’

Later changes to the instrument

 

In 1908 the organ was changed radically by the organ-builders Vermeulen from Alkmaar. The instrument was supplied with pneumatic action and the specification was  changed: the Trompet, Quint, Mixtuur and Sexquialter were replaced by soft 8’ stops like a Gamba and a Voix Célèste. Curiously enough the 3 original wedge- bellows (taken out of action at that moment) were preserved! The organ-case was also made deeper.
After the restoration of the church (1964) plans were made to restore the organ. Vermeulen replaced a Mixtuur, Sexquialter, and a Dulciaan, but the action remained pneumatic.

 

1995 / Restoration by Flentrop Orgelbouw

 

With this restoration, advised by Jan Jongepier, the Strumphler-concept was reconstructed. The case was restored to its original dimensions, the 3 original bellows were installed again, the keyboard was copied after the Strumphler-organ of Noordeinde and the action and specification were reconstructed. A happy circumstance was the possibility to use an 18th century wind-chest from the stock of Flentrop Orgelbouw which fitted very well into the organ-case.

 

Specification

Since 1995 Alkmaar is enriched with another characteristic instrument!

 


©Frank van Wijk, Bergen NH, April/Mei 2000

 
 
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