ORGAN TERMINOLOGY - German-English
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In compiling this dictionary of organ terminology the webmaster gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Mr John Pike Mander.

Apprenticed in 1969 to, and later working with Rudolf von Beckerath of Hamburg, Mr Mander became Managing Director of the English organ builders N.P. Mander Ltd following Noel Mander's retirement in 1983.

Founded in 1936, the firm's prestigious gallery of new and refurbished historic instruments may be viewed at their website:
N.P.Mander Ltd, Organbuilders

We invite you to visit our fully documented and illustrated website featuring the outstanding baroque German organ-builder Gottfried Silbermann.

Friend and colleague of JS Bach, expert acoustician and metallurgist, Silbermann worked mainly in Saxony, southeast Germany, where 31 of his fine instruments are still in existence (full listing provided).

Silbermann Organ, Helbigsdorf

The village of Helbigsdorf has an instrument in fine condition, of typical Silbermann design and construction. The frescoe on the barrel-vaulted wooden ceiling is itself worth a visit! Helbigsdorf is not far from Frauenstein, home of the unique Silbermann Museum.

Silbermann Organ, Dittersdorf

The photo above shows the little single manual Silbermann organ at Dittersdorf southeast of Dresden.

Silbermann organ, Freiberg Saxony, 1714

The city of Freiberg is home today to four Gottfried Silbermann organs in three churches. The main cathedral organ must surely rank as one of the world's finest: the three-manual, 44-register instrument illustrated above. Amazingly perhaps, this magnificent instrument was only Silbermann's second work, built between 1711 and 1714.

There is a highly informative Silbermann Museum in the picturesque little town of Frauenstein, Saxony, centrally situated for all the Silbermann organs.

The Gottfried Silbermann Museum,
Frauenstein Saxony

The BAROQUE MUSIC CLUB
offers a growing collection of CDs
devoted to the music of the baroque period
with a special section for JS Bach.

Bach's Organ Works - BWV listing
shows links to the Baroque Music Club's (almost!) complete Organ Works of Bach,
most performed on Gottfried Silbermann organs.

The BAROQUE MUSIC HOME PAGE - www.BaroqueMusic.org
provides a complete listing of all our Baroque Music sites.

Aufschnitt

cut-up

Aufwurf

curve (of a reed)

b (pron. "bay")

flat

Becher

tube, resonator (reed)

Dichtung

seal

Entwurf

proposal drawing

Fußloch

tip hole

Gehäuse

case (or casework)

Halbton

sharp (i.e. the key)

Hauptwerk

Great Organ

Intonation

Voicing

Jalousie

swell shutter (UK/US)
swell shade (US)

Kanal (Windkanal)

trunk

Kanzelle (Tonkanzelle)

bar or channel

Kegellade

cone chest

Kegelventil

cone valve

Kehle

shallot

Kern

languid

Kernspalte

flue

Kernstiche

nicks

Kondukte

conveyance(s)

Koppel

coupler

Kreuz

sharp
(i.e. the key signature)

Labial (Pfeife)

flue (pipe)

Labierung

mouth width

Magazinbalg

reservoir

Magnet

magnet

Manual

manual or keyboard

Mensuration

scaling

Motor (Winderzeuger)

blower

Notenpult

music desk

Nuss

block (for reeds)

Oberlabium

upper lip

Obertaste, Halbton

sharp (the key)

Pedal

Pedal Organ

Pedalklavier

pedalboard

Pfeife

pipe

Pfeifenfüße

pipe feet

Pfeifenfuß

pipe foot

Pfeifenkörper

pipe body

Pulpete

pull-down seal
(soundboard)

Rasterbrett

rack board

Register

stop(s)

Registerschalter

stop switch, solenoid
(key, tab etc.)

Registerzug (Manubrien)

drawstop

Registerzugmagnet

slider solenoid

Rollventil

rollerblind

Schleierbretter

pipe shades

Schleife

slide

Schleifen

slides

Schleiflade

slider soundboard (UK)
slider chest (US)

Schwebung

beat, or celeste

Schweizerpfeife
Überblasende Pfeife

harmonic pipes

Schwellwerk

Swell Organ

Schwelltritt

swell pedal

Spieltisch

console

Spund

faceboard, cap

Stimmkrücke

reed spring

Stimmrolle

tuning scroll

Stimmschieber

tuning slide (sleeve)

Stimmung

tuning

Stock (Pfeifenstock)

upper board

Stöpsel

stopper

Taste (Manual)

key

Taste (Pedal)

pedal key

Tonmagnet

pallet magnet

Transmission

transmission

Tremulant

tremulant

Untertaste, Ganzton

natural

Ventil (Tonventil)

pallet

Ventilfeder

pallet spring

Verführung(en)

groove(s)

Welle

roller or trundle

Wellenbrett

roller board

Windlade

soundboard
US: chest / windchest

Winkelbalken

square beam

Wippe

backfall

Zeichnung

drawing

Zunge (Register)

reed (stop)

Zungenstiefel

socket, boot
(for reed pipes)