Wahlstatt, Klosterkirche

(Legnickie Pole)


Wahlstatt, Klosterkirche


Wahlstatt, Klosterkirche


The original design by Meißner

The original design by Meißner or Casparini


This organ was begun by Tobias Meißner from Großdorf (Bohemia). After his death in 1728, the organ was completed by A. H. Casparini in 1729-1731. The divided solution, more architectural than functional, is very probably the idea of the architect of Wahlstatt, Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer. A similar solution from 1725 in found in the Church of Brevnov, were the organbuilder was also Tobias Meißner. Both organs have a free console, which must have been a spectacular novelty at the time.
The organ in Wahlstatt had 24 stops, 2 manuals and free pedals.

Fortunately, the Klosterkirche in Wahlstatt was unaffected by the heavy losses of WWII. It is unknown to me at present, if any pipe-material from Casparini still exists. A new organ was built in the old case recently.
The new stop-list can be found at: http://www.republika.pl/organy/11.html

The photo on the top of the page and the detail of the ornamentation were made by Mr. Michal Markuszewski. The present console is not the original one, as can be seen on: The Virtual Centre of Polish Organs which also provides the current stop-list.


The stop-list of the Casparini instrument was as follows:

Manual Brustpositiv Pedal
Principal 8 Pincipal 4 Principal 16
Quintadena 16 Flöte Major 8 Subbaß 16
Flöte 8 Quintadena 8 Oktave 8
Salicet 8 Nachthorn 4 Superoctave 4
Vox humana (labial) 8 Superoctave 2 Superoctave 2
Oktave 4 Quinte 1 1/2 Mixtur V
Kleine Flöte 4 Mixtur III Sordun 16
Gemshorn 3
Superoctave 2
Mixtur IV


Wahlstatt, Klosterkirche

Frescoes above the organ


Wahlstatt, Klosterkirche

Detail: ornamentation above the organ


Wahlstatt, Klosterkirche

The free console


Wahlstatt, Klosterkirche

Detail