Mühlhausen, Dorfkirche

(Mlynary, PL)


Mühlhausen, Dorfkirche (Mlynary)


Of the organ in Mühlhausen Kreis Preußisch Holland (now Mlynary, PL), I received a photograph through the kindness of Mr. Herbert Müller (Siegen). This organ possessed 20 stops, 1 manual and a pedal department. It was built in 1742 - 1744 in the name of A. G. Casparini, but in reality it was built by Christoph Heinrich Obuch. With Obuch, A. G. Casparini had a legal dispute, lasting from 1741 until 1750 about the privileges of organ building in Eastern Prussia (discussed at length in RENKEWITZ & JANCA 1984: 219-233).
DEHIO (1993: 427) clearly refers to this instrument as being built by Casparini in 1742, but this seems to be merely the starting date.


The stop-list according to the contract (JANCA 2003: 140-143) was:

Manual Pedal
Bordun 16 Principal-Baß 16
Principal 8 Subbaß 16
Unda Maris 8 Principal-Baß 8
Hohle Flaut 8 Violen-Baß 8
Octava Principalis 4 Quinten-Baß 6
Flaut Allemand 4 Super-Octaven Baß 4
Quinta 3 Posaunenbaß 16
Octava 2 Trompet 8
Tertia 1 3/5
Flaschlöt 1
Mixtur I-V
Trompet 8


A strange habit of Casparini was to place two Trumpets 8 in the organ. He repeated this in the Franzözisch Reformierte Kirche in Gumbinnen (1754-1760).
The interior mechanical parts of the organ were photographically documented by MOTUZAITE-PINKEVIVIENE (2006: 29-34). Unfortunately, she does not provide information as to which pipe ranks were still present upon examination of the organ in 2004.


Note: In the German time, there were in Ostpreußen two towns bearing the name Mühlhausen.