Evangelical congregation Lechenich inaugurated new organ

Uncompromising presentation of all literature

"Nanu, where are the flutes?" will have been the thought of by few who listened to Marcel Dupré's "Cortége et Litanie". The first thing that struck the organist Marc Gornetzki was the lack of timbre, so I originally opened my text, but the flutes were not missing at all, as I liked to be taught, on the contrary there were even too many. Marc Gornetzki himself criticized the beginning of the text as "not quite correct" and described the temporary inconvenience of the new organ in an e-mail: "In the first organ piece there was a misalignment in the registers. A high-lying register consisting of several pipes called Mixtur was also drawn to the flute, which was supposed to sound alone. This caused the confusion because it could not be switched off."

It was in the second strata, divided by three corona, in which the Evangelical parish of Lechenich celebrated its new organ in the Church of Reconciliation.At the latest during repeated, unsuccessful allusion, even those who did not know the piece suspected that something was wrong.

It was only after the introductory service that the mystery of the flutes was solved when Walter Friehs, collaborator of the organ builder Hubert Fasen and himself a member of the presbytery, lowered the folding ladder to the specially built platform with the pipes. One of the many plugs had loosened, he said, through which a current had to flow to control the valves. "Probably I got stuck on it while working, the vibration caused the plug to completely loosen," says Friehs.

Marc Gornetzki

The fact that this organ generates low frequencies at a volume that not only makes air vibrate, the guests were able to convince themselves of this in Wilhelm Rudnick's central composition for the Reformation, the fantasy about Martin Luther's chorale "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott". It is not overwritten with "Maestoso" for nothing. The pastor Sabine Pankoke described it as "massive, blocky and defiant chords" as the walls of the Wartburg in which Luther may have found refuge from King and Pabst.

Sounds that suggest that this organ with its state-of-the-art, movable playing table will provide interesting concerts. "We have tried to create an instrument on which almost all literature can be presented uncompromisingly," Kantor Gornetzki wrote in the commemorative publication for the inauguration of the organ.

And this is very different from the old organ, which sounded in a last concert last summer. Even while making music, the first pipes had been dismantled. Pipes that have been installed with a purchased work and used and newly made registers to create a new instrument.

You can find the farewell to the old Peter organ here

"With its sonic possibilities, the instrument certainly radiates beyond the borders of Erftstadt."

Organ builder Hubert Fasen

Organ builder Hubert Fasen had also expressed himself in the festivities: "With its sonic possibilities, the instrument certainly radiates beyond the borders of Erftstadt." And it should play a little more powerfully once the two missing registers, which made their way out of Portugal late because of Corona, are installed.

The Rev. Friederike Schädlich announced a sonic treat after the final blessing, namely the phrase "Dance of the Sugar Fairy" from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. Like hardly any other piece, it is suitable to present the chimes of the organ, the Celesta.

They are metal sound rods, which are struck by magnetic switches by means of lace, similar to those of a piano. "There aren't that many organs," Friehs explained.

In general, the organ builder Fasen provided many nuances, which made an infinite combination of tones possible.Thus, a fine timbre like the strings of an orchestra is due to old pipes from England, which is unparalleled, Friehs said. 

In addition, the organ will still receive a register for birdsong as a moody encore, because of the street name "An der Vogelrute".It is more a joke of the organ builders, so one type of organ on the Moselle releases a bottle of Riesling in a drawer at the touch of a button, another gives the smoking organist an ashtray.

Friehs explained that the register for birdsong has been known since the Baroque period, but was still executed with organ pipes, which had been played upside down in a bubbling water bath.

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