The History of Organ in the Museum
The Permanent Exhibition leads you through all periods of organ history, which began more than 2200 years ago in Alexandria. All the organs on display in the Museum are in playing condition: history for the ears – a unique experience!
Organs of the High Middle Ages are known only from descriptions. One such Romanesque organ was reconstructed for the Museum. The single-line melodies played on it accompanied and supplemented the Gregorian chant of the monks. The oldest original Blockwork organ is from the island of Gotland, dating roughly from 1350; this old instrument is of course no longer playable – but the copy in our Museum is. Manual and pedals mean that polyphonic (and often very rhythmical) music was already possible on this instrument.
Romanesque Blockwork organ
Guido d’Arezzo: Ut queant laxis, c. 1045
Gothic Blockwork organ
Robertsbridge Codex: Estampie, c. 1400