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The Sauer Organ of the Moritzkirche, Halle/Saale (Germany)

The organ of Halle's Moritzkirche was the Frankfurt-an-der-Oder firm of Wilhem Sauer's Op.1307; it was built in 1925 and forms an important part of the heritage of late Romantic organ building. At the time of its inauguration by the then Kantor of the Leipzig Thomaskirche, Günther Ramin, the organ was seen as forming a cornerstone of organ culture in Central Germany, immediately establishing itself as a significant recital instrument in addition to its role in the liturgy of the church. The lavish provision of stops, with 5-octave manuals, and a plethora of playing aids, was regarded as revolutionary. The organ's reputation spread well beyond the city limits, attracting top-class organists to Halle.
changes were made to the instrument in 1945: the existing pipework was modified and changes to individual stops altered the original sound of the Sauer organ. After that, the instrument suffered increasing neglect, as late romantic organ music fell out of favour with contemporary taste; notwithstanding, people always came forward to champion the organ. Today, once again its incalculable value and distinctiveness have been fully recognised.
falling silent for 20 years, in 1999 the organ began a stage-by-stage programme of restoration. In 2005, the Halle Moritzkirche Sauer Organ Development Association was founded; in collaboration with the Parish of St. Mauritius and St. Elisabeth, immense efforts were made to raise the necessary funds for a full-scale restoration, and to alert the public to the importance of the extraordinary organ in their midst. After many years of dedicated work, and with the help of countless donors and sponsors, the contract to restore the instrument was awarded to the firm of Reinhard Hüfken of Halberstadt. Since the 600th Anniversary of the Moritzkirche - in September 2011 - the Sauer organ has once again blazed forth in all its former glory, and been greeted with acclaim by organists and listeners alike.


Erbaut von Wilhelm Sauer, Frankfurt (Oder) als opus 1307 im Jahre 1925
pneumatische Ton- und Registertraktur, Windladensystem: Taschenlade
Die Reihenfolge der Register entspricht der Anordnung am Spieltisch

I. Manual C-c4

Bratsche 16'
Oktav 4'
Bourdon 16'
Rohrflöte 4'
Gambe 8'
Doppelflöte 8'
Gemshorn 8'
Dulciana 8'
Principal 8'
Prästant 2'
Quinte 5 1/3'
Krumbhorn 8'
Trompete 8'
Tuba 8' (Hochdruckstimme)
Gross Cornett 3-8 f.
Cymbel 4 fach
Hintersatz 3-5 f.

II. Manual C-c4 (Schwellwerk)

Oboe 8'
Piccolo 2'
Gambetta 4'
Nachthorn 16'
Querpfeife 4'
Konzertflöte 8'
Quintatön 8'
Viola 8'
Flötenprincipal 8'
Sesquialtera 2 2/3' 1 3/5'
Fagott 16'
Scharf 6 f.
Progressiv 3-4 f.
Schwiegel 1'
Grob Gedackt 8'
Geigend Regal 4'
- Tremulant -

III. Manual C-c4 (Schwellwerk)
Pfeifenwerk ausgebaut bis c5

Terz 1 3/5'
Zartquinte 2 2/3'
Flageolett 2'
Gedackt 8'
Lieblich Gedeckt 16'
Flauto dolce 4'
Traversflöte 8'
Vox coelestis 8'
Aeoline 8'
Salicional 8'
Geigenprincipal 8'
Fugara 4'
Vox humana 8'
Horn 8'
Mixtur 3-4 fach
- Tremulant -

Pedal C-g1

Posaune 16'
Cello 8'
Kontrabass 16'
Principalbass 16'
Violon 16'
Bassflöte 8'
Subbass 16'
Zartbass 16'
Flötbass 4'
Oktavbass 8'
Rauschpfeife 4 f.
Rankett 32'
Singend Cornett 2'
Clairon 4'
Tromba 8'
Crescendowalze mit Anzeige, Schwelltritt II, Schwelltritt III

III/II, III/I, II/I, I/Ped., II/Ped., III/Ped., Ped./II
Sub III, Super III, Sub III/II, Super III/II, Sub III/I, Super III/I

zwei freie Kombinationen
acht feste Kombinationen: P, MF, F, FF, Flötenchor, Streicherchor, Bläserchor, Tutti
Walze "ab", Zungen "ab", Handregister "ab", Koppeln aus der Walze, Handregister zu Kombinationen
19 Ausschaltungen für Koppeln und Zungenregister

FUG 047

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