The Bach organ of Arnstadt

At the age of 18, Johann Sebastian Bach got his first job as an organist in the New Church in Arnstadt. The Weimar church council had sent the talented young musician to Arnstadt, and the church committee, delighted at his ability, immediately offered him the position of organist. He held that position from 1703 to 1707. Under his advice, Johann Friedrich Wender built a new organ in 1703. Some of the current pipes from the plenum have been well preserved and are an example of how pipes should be voiced according to Bach's preference.

When I got to know the organ shortly after the Fall of the Wall in 1990 and played the seven original registers, I was surprised by the intense chiff of the singing sounds. At least ten great works have been created here, and there is no better organ to study these works by Bach while experiencing the lively virtuosity of the young Bach. The striking sound characteristics are stored in detail in the samples and in my room I now hear the organ that I got to know Arnstadt.

The Great organ offers no less than 6 stops of 8', a low quint (without a corresponding 16' stop!), Octave 4, Mixture, a Cymbel and a Trompet. The Positiv (Brustwerk) offers 7 stops in total, none of them a reed. The Pedal division is limited to 4 stops, including a solo reed Cornet 2'. Interestingly, this pedal cornet is the only independent 2' stop of the entire instrument. While the organ offers few aliquotes, there is an outstanding range of color in the various foundation stops of wide, normal and narrow scaling.
In 1935 the New Church was renamed Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Church on the occasion of the 250th birthday of the famous musician.

Orgelbau Otto Hoffmann
in Ostheim made the windchests, the mechanics and all other interior work in 1999 in a detailed reconstruction of the Wender organ. Hoffmann's work was performed according to the church's original agreement with Wender of 1699. Some missing registers were reconstructed from contemporary examples; Posaune and Trumpet to Lahm (Herbst, 1728), Cornet to Abbenrode (Contius, 1708).
I learned how to make metal pipes in the workshop of Orgelbau Hoffmann.

Principal             8' 
Viol de gamb      8'
Quintadena        8'
Grob Gedakt       8'
Gemshorn          8'
Quinta              6'
Octava              4'
Trompet             8'
Still Gedakt        8'
Principal            4'
Spitz flöte         4'
Nachthorn         4'
Quinte              3'
Nachthoorn       4'
Sub Bass          16'
Principal Bass     8'
Posaunen Bass  16'
Cornet Bass       2'