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Our home is the world - so we created a new internet-page for  english readers, the english news, where we will work with much interest in the next time.

top actual Interview in english language  with Gerhard Walcker-Mayer by Dario Diaz, Lomaz de Zamora, Argentinia , 2007-08-05 on the walckerBlog

downtown Bucuresti, 202 high-lighted pictures from the point of intersection between THE ORIENT AND THE OCCIDENT. When we say "...from Orient came the light, and from the Occident came the science.." - than, - what is these Bucharest? All the 202 pictures made by Gerhard Walcker-Mayer, will say: "here from this Bukarest, this melting pot between Asia and Europe, there seems to be a complete other light, a complete other science, a complete other way of living, thinking, drinking, eating, sleeping...Oh these Bucarest, I will say one: "you love it and you hate it, and when the night comes in this summer, you will hate it a little bit more.."

you never heard organmusic like this :

das aktuelle Interview with Gerhard Walcker-Mayer by Dario Diaz, Lomaz de Zamora, Argentinia , 2007-08-04 in english language on the walckerBlog

!!Video04: Driving through the Black hole Berlin with Reubkes Psalm 94!! (12MByte)

The House of Walcker: A Brief Historical Survey (engl.PDF 4,5MB)

The Organ in the Congress Hall, Nuremberg (engl. PDF 2,2MB)

The Organ in Riga Cathedral as viewed by the Walcker firm

Story of a house organ by Christopher Woollard 

Walcker printig book with 450 !! fotos from years 1880 to 1940

Walcker organ in Yorkshire England Opus 551 from 1890

 

OSCAR WALCKER " Remebering" in english language. This book will contain a lot of pictures about organbuilding in the time between 1890 and 1940. We will work out a complete new outfit to make this time better to understand. Oscar Walcker was different times in England and in the USA and he wrote many details about this journeys . But you also will get contact with Oscar Walcker and Max Reger, with the large organs like Oslo, Hamburg Michaelischurch, Nürnberg - Reichsparteitag, Petersburg, and you will hear from the voice of Oscar Walcker what happens with the Organola,

Rom, Academina Santa Cecilia 1894

St. Annen on sea (England), 1894

Rom, St. Peter, 1895

Bilbao (Spanien) 1895

Elorrio (Spanien) 1895

Fere-Champenoise (Bessarabien), 1895

Straßburg 1897

Glasgow, 1898

Alexandrien, 1901

Dortmund, Reinoldikirche, 1909

Bukarest 1911

Agram 1912

Hamburg, Michaeliskirche 1912

Organola und Oskalyd

Freiburg, Praetoriusorgel 1921

Reval 1923

Stockholm. Stadthaus 1924

Oslo, Dom 1929

Amerika 1925

Niederwangen und Balderschwang 1926

Barcelona, Weltausstellung 1929

Kufstein, Heldenorgel 1931

Barcelona, Luftreise 1935

Nürnberg, Reichsparteitag 1936 - only in english version

. The translation will be worked out from Daniela Wolter (a daughter from Heinrich Walcker) who lives since 1954 in Toronto/Canada. More information over this project will appear in the next months on this pages. september 10th 2001 /gwm

 

for detailed knowledge about Eberhard Friedrich Walcker read In Search of The Reger Organ

a typicall Reger Organ is the Walcker-Organ in Gelsenkirchen Hans Sachs house... this means Wolfram Adolph of the magazine "organ" . Here is his description.

( if you want to read the German internet-pages in English language, please go to www.altavista.com - translate - German to English - and come back to www.gewalcker.de  - thank you ! )

 

   WALCKER  ORGANS - A .BRIEF HISTORY

The  history of Walcker organs begins with the appearance  of Johann  Eberhard  Walcker (1756 - 1843) as an  independent  organ builder in Cannstatt in the year 1780. He had studied with Johann Georg Fries,  an organ builder in Heilbronn. J. E. Walcker is re­membered  in particular for his organs in the Garnison Church  of Ludwigsburg  (1782)  and in the City Church of Cannstatt  (1794). His  son Eberhard Friedrich Walcker (1794 - 1872) took  over  the business begun by his father and in 1820 settled in Ludwigsburg.

Eberhard  Friedrich  Walcker achieved great recognition  upon completion of an organ for St. Paul's Church in Frankfurt (1833 -74 registers). The organ incorporated several features which were unique  at that time,  including an elaborate series of  mutation stops  constructed  according  to principles  developed  by  Abbe Vogler,  and  an open 32-foot register in the  pedal,  which  was highly  praised.  A great demand for instruments built by Walcker followed this success,  as evidenced by several notable  interna­tional installations:  St. Peter's Church, St. Petersburg, Russia (1839  - 65 registers);  Ulm Minster (1856 - 100 registers);  and Boston,  USA (1863 - 89 registers).  The Boston organ remains  to this  day  one of the finest examples of organ building  of  that time . (Please visit Methuen Memorial Music Hall, (thanks  to the Trustees of the Methuen Memorial Music Hall)

Further recognition was achieved by E.  F.  Walcker as result of  technical innovations,  such as his discovery in 1840 of  the cone valve that ushered in the age of the stop-channel chest.  He sought  improvements  which  would result in a  better  and  more stable  wind supply.  And he was the first builder to construct a large  assembly  room at his workshop in order  to  assemble  the entire organ during construction.  This was especially  important as the number of foreign contracts  continued to rise.

Many  respected organ builders served apprenticeships in  the Walcker factory during this time,  including Weigle,  Steinmeyer, Laukhuff, Link, Kuhn, Sauer and Marcussen. The noted French organ builder Aristide Cavallie-Col1 and E.  F.  Walcker shared a close professional relationship.  Cavaille-Coll,  who had first learned of the cone-valve from E. F. Walcker, incorporated it successful­ly into his own organs.

After the death of E.  F. Walcker in 1872, the firm was mana­ged by his sons Heinrich, Fritz, Paul and Karl Walcker. They were responsible for many important instruments,  including organs for the Philadelphia Exposition (1876 - 18 registers),  the Cathedral of Riga (1883) 124 registers),  and the Cathedral of St. Stephan in Vienna (1886 - 90 registers).

At the beginning of this century, Oscar Walcker, son of Fritz Walcker,  took over the family business.  One of his first impor­tant  instruments was an organ designed in collaboration with Max Reger  in the Odeon Hall in Munich (1906 - 62  registers).  Oscar Walcker  also established an intimate exchange of ideas with  the new  Alsatian  Organ  Reform  Movement  headed  by   Dr.   Albert Schweitzer.  The Walcker firm built the first organ embodying the reform  principles of the movement for St.  Reinoldi's Church  in Dortmund (1909 - 105 registers).

The  Alsatian Organ Reform Movement had suggested that  buil­ders  could find a wealth of new specification and building tech­niques from the accomplishments of past centuries.  Oscar Walcker was prepared to accept that challenge,  and in 1921,  acting on a suggestion from Willibald Gurlitt,  he built a "Praetorius Organ" for  the Institute of Music of the University of  Freiburg.  This organ  was constructed according to principles laid down  by  the seventeenth-century composer and organist Michael Praetorius. The "Praetorius  Organ"  abandoned many nineteenth-century  features, especially the tendency to equip an organ with a predominance  of 8-foot  stops in an attempt to imitate an orchestra.  Instead  it emphasized  a  specification more suited for polyphonic music  as had been common in the time of Praetorius and Bach. Oscar Walcker received an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from the  Senate of the University of Freiburg for his bold concept.

The  death of Dr.  Oscar Walcker in 1948 marked the end of an era in the history of Walcker organs. The task of carrying on the tradition as well as rebuilding the business after the ravages of war fell to his grandson Werner Walcker-Mayer.  He had served his apprenticeship under the direction of Karl Ruther, manager of the well-known  W.  Sauer  company.  Under the leadership  of  Werner Walcker-Mayer,  the  firm  has produced  over  3000  instruments, bringing  the  total number of organs built by the Walcker  work­shops to nearly 6000.  Some of the notable organs constructed  by Werner  Walcker-Mayer include those built for the Concert Hall of the Friends of Music, Vienna (1968 - 100 registers), the Salzburg Mozarteum  (1979 - 41 registers),  the Franz Liszt  Conservatory, Budapest  (1967  - 86 registers),  Ulm minster (1969  - 95  regi­sters), the University of Wyoming, Laramie (1972 - 40 registers), the Concert Hall,  Zagreb (1974 - 65 registers). Sao Paulo (1954, 80 registers) and Kokura, Japan (1984, 41 registers).

In 1955 Werner Walcker-Mayer,  in consultation with Willibald Guriitt, rebuilt the "Praetorius Organ", which had been destroyed in the war. Further interest in  the history of the organ is evi­denced by his work during the 1960s concerning the Roman organ of Acquincum.  He  also  has undertaken significant research in  the construction of church organs incorporating radical departures in stop  disposition  such  as the organ  for  St.  Peter's  Church, Sinzig,  designed  in  collaboration  with  Peter  Bares.  Werner Walcker-Mayer's unique combination of historical sensitivity  and forward-looking  creativity as an organ builder led the Senate of the  University of Freiburg to confer an honorary doctorate  upon himinl980.

Walcker Organs can be justifiably proud of their heritage  of more  than 220 years of continued existence in the field of organ building.  This tradition of excellence,  which will be continued by  the sons of Dr.  Werner Walcker-Mayer.

story will be continued soon....

   

 

 

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