Königsberg, Altstädtische Kirche


Königsberg, parts of the organ of the Altstädtische Kirche as on display in the Kunstgewerbe Museum in Königsberg


This organ was built by A.G.Casparini in the years 1752 - 1763. The organ had 65 stops, 3 manuals and free pedals. It was the largest organ of this Casparini. However, the medieval church in which it was built was torn down in the years 1824-1827.

The organ was dismantled and carefully preserved (KÖNIGSBERGER CORRESPONDENT 1828: 344-345) and rebuilt in Schinkels church in 1847-1848 (LANGHANS (1852: 133-134) by Johann Scherweit (RENKEWITZ, JANCA & FISCHER 2008: 403).

In 1895, the organ was dismantled and replaced by a new organ by Max Terletzki, Elbing. BOETTICHER (1897: 186) mentions that parts of the Rococo-case came to the Gewerbe-Museum in Königsberg in 1895.

Acknowledgements go to Mr. Krzysztof Urbaniak for kindly providing a scan of the photo from GÜTTLER (1925, facing page 96) and attending me to the sources of the stoplist of this organ.


The stop-list according to KÖNIGSBERGER CORRESPONDENT (1828: 344-345) and LANGHANS (1852: 133-134) (for differences between these two sources see bottom of the page) was:

Hauptmanual Untermanual Obermanual Pedal
Principal 16 Quintatoen 16 Theorbe 16 Posaunbass 32
Trombone 16 Dulcian 16 Jula 8 Majorbass 32
Violon 16 Principal 8 Flaut major 8 Principalbass 16
Bordun 16 Unda Maris 8 Vox humana 8 Subbass 16
Octav Princip. 8 Viola di (da) Gamba 8 Vox curiosa 8 Posaunbass 16
Quintatoen 8 Trompet 8 Principal 4 Contrabass 16
Hautbois 8 Hohlflöte 8 Flaut minor 4 Füllbass 10 3/5
Rohrflöte 8 Octav princip. 4 Flaut travers 4 Octavbass 8
Gemshorn 8 Rohrflöte 8 Nassat 3 Trompet 8
Füllquinte 6 Quinta 3 Octava 2 Salicetbass 8
Octav 4 Superoctav 2 Tertia 1 3/5 Flötbass 8
Flötedouce 4 Flageolet 2 Siffloet 1 Quintbass 6
Spielflöte 4 Tertia 1 3/5 Cornet(1/2Reg.) III Superoctav 4
Superoctav 2 Mixtur VI Mixtur V Clarino 4
Scharff III Cimbel III Tremulant Jubal 4
Rauschquint II Manualglock.(1/2Reg.) Schwebung Blockflöte 4
Mixtur VII Cimbelstern Spielflöte 4 Cornet 2
Waldflöte 2
Nachthorn 1
Mixturbass VI
Pedalglocken
2 Engel mit 2 Pauken


Notes: the stop-list as cited by LANGHANS (1952: 133-134) differs in some details from the list of the KÖNIGSBERGER CORRESPONDENT (1828: 344-345):