The Ladegast Organ

in the church of St. Marien-Magdalenen, Naumburg

In 1863, the Naumburg City Council awarded the contract for a new organ in the church of St. Marien-Magdalenen to the Weißenfels organ builder, Friedrich Ladegast, who was already world-renowned by then. Ladegast`s concept and original plan provided for a two- manual with 19 stops. Because the acoustic was far from generous, he offered to remove the second balcony in the church at the same time, so that the organ would be heard to greater effect. After this wish was agreed to, Ladegast built the organ with 23 stops in 1869.

The organist of the time, Friedrich Brauer, reported the acceptance of the organ thus:
”The new organ in the church of St. Marien-Magdalenen, Naumburg an der Saale, built by the famous master of organ building, Ladegast from Weißenfels, was tested and accepted on the 16th of October 1869. It is in every respect an excellent instrument, as one would expect from such a master.
The materials used are top quality everywhere, the workmanship very neat and precise throughout. The voicing is exquisitely successful. The effect of single stops is beautiful and full of character, the effect of the full instrument is imposing and powerful. - Thus the instrument adds to the beauty of the church, contributes to the enjoyment of the congregation, and is a credit to its builder.”

The organ has not been changed since and counts today among the best preserved Ladegast instruments.

Irene Greulich

Translation:  Charles Sullivan

 


 

Specification:



Hauptwerk   C-f```

Bordun
Principal
Rohrflöte
Flöte
Gambe
Principal
Gedack
Quinte
Oktave
Terz
Mixtur
 
 
16`
8`
8`
8`
8`
4`
4`
2  2/3`
2`
1  3/5`
5 fach 
  Oberwerk   C-f```

Lieblich Gedackt
Lieblich Gedackt
Flauto traverso
Viola d` amore
Dolcissimo
      (Schwebung)
Principal
Flöte
 
 
16`
8`
8`
8`
 
 
4`
4`


Pedal   C-d`


Subbaß
Violon
Cello
Baßquinte
Posaune

Manualkoppel
Pedalkoppel
 
 
 
 
16`
16`
8`
5  1/3`
16`


 

 

 

Orgelabnahme
durch Bach und Silbermann