Het Christian Müller orgel van de Grote Kerk in Beverwijk. Het meest authentieke
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Sound characteristics of the Christian Müller organ in Beverwijk (1756)
The organ case is relatively wide, and thus quite different from other Müller organs. In the façade there is a division based on double fields and front pipes with Dutch-style labia. The Prestant 8’ stops from pedal and manual are distributed over the side towers and the lower fields in the main front area. The Prestant 16’ is placed in the upper part of the organ front. The pedal stop-list is almost identical to the pedal stop-list of the Müller organ in the Waalse kerk (Amsterdam), both have a Fagot 16’.
The upper manual stop-list is in Dutch style, i.e., mainly consisting of flutes and reed stops. The organ case is made from pine wood, painted mahogany red, and decorated with baroque festoons.
Müller succeeded to integrate the characteristic Dutch organ of 17TH century with the new developments in organ building demonstrated by the Hamburg/Groningen school of Schnitger and Hinsz. Other examples of Christian Müller organs can be found in Haarlem (Grote- or St Bavo Church, 1738), Amsterdam (Waalse church), Leeuwarden (Grote- or Jacobijner church, 1727) and Alkmaar (Kapel church, 1762). The sound characteristic of the Beverwijk instrument is typical Rococo. For many years, the instrument was tuned according to Kirnberger. During a recent renovation by Dutch organ builder Flentrop, the tuning was changed to Valotti (415 Hz). The Prestants are very clear with a silvery tone, flutes have full tone and the five reeds stops each have a very characteristic and pronounced sound. The Sesquialter is sparkling.
The best way to find out more about the sound characteristics of the Christian Müller organ in Beverwijk is to enjoy the many recordings that are available on YouTube or CD (see links on this website) or visit the summer recital series (July/August, see https://christianmuller-orgel.nl/agenda and the “nieuwsbrief” section for more details on the recitals).