Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Maldive Islands: Beethoven, part 2

This is a follow-up to my original post on the Maldive Islands stamp that features Beethoven and the Court Organ at Bonn.

In the August 2013 issue of The American Organist (TAO), the journal of the American Guild of Organists, there is a review (pp. 72-73) of a recently published book on the history of the organ in the Schlosskirche zu Bonn. The compelling review mentions a few tidbits that are helpful in understanding the content of the Maldive Islands stamp. The most recent work on the organ was completed in 2012 by the Klais firm of Germany. The organ in the Schlosskirche during Beethoven's time was by Riedler. The specification of that instrument is not known. Beethoven was the second court organist, serving from 1784 when he was age 14, for 8 years. The Schlosskirche provides quite a bit of helpful information about their Klais instrument on their website, including the specification.

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