The Dutch Reformed church in Midwolda contains a
beautiful renovated Hinsz pipe organ. The Hinsz-organ in Midwolda is the largest
18th century village organ in the north of the Netherlands. Organ-players and
admirers are coming from al over the world to play or just listen to the organ. Every year from June till October there
is a variety of concerts
on this pipe organ.
|The Dutch Reformed church contains a beautiful
Hinsz organ that was built in 1772 by the organ-builder Albertus Anthoni
Hinsz (1704-1785). The organ has been very well preserved. With one
exception, all registers are still authentic.
Every year from June till October there is a variety of concerts on this
||Hinsz was born in Hamburg (Dld.). He
was the foreman of the famous organ builder Arp Schnitger. Arp
Schnitger died in 1719. After his death his sons continued the
organ-building business. Hinsz married the widow of one of the sons of
Schnitger. He added new elements to the Schnitger-organ, which meant that
they were known as Hinsz-organs. In 1728 Hinsz settled himself as
organ-builder in Groningen, where he became trendsetter in his
profession.The first Dutch Hinsz-organ was build in the village of Zandeweer.
Other organs were build in the churches of Uithuizermeeden, Appingedam, Meeden
and, of course,
|The instrument was financed by the owner of the
Ennemaborg (castle), Johan Hora Siccama. It was a very prestigeous
project, a world-class organ was placed in the church to show how
prosperous the village was. The pipe
organ in Midwolda consists of 33 registers (2154 pipes) distributed over two keyboards and
an independent pedal. The organ case has been made by Lubbartus
Bekenkamp, the carvings are from Anthony. Dz. Smit and the statues are made by B. Kreemer.
The organ was consecrated by the Rev. Wilm Ian van Eerten on August 30th, 1772.
||The pipe organ was restored in 1972 by Flentrop. The disposition was
returned to the original situation of 1772. In the 80s, of the last century, the instrument was
returned to equal temperament. This work has been carried out by Winold
van der Putten of Finsterwolde, who maintains the organ. Despite changes,
the organ and the church are very well preserved; they form such an
exceptional stylistic unity that the church (with furnishings including
the organ) has been placed on the list of the hundred most distinctive
Dutch religious monuments.
Fragments of the CD for free downloading
stereo-fragments of the CD "Bach in Midwolda", two minutes total length, can be
downloaded (1,90 Mb.).
Here two stereo-fragments of the CD "Hintsorgel - Midwolda", three minutes
total length, can be downloaded (2,9 Mb.). These can be played with the
well-known Windows Media Player so you get an idea how beautiful the Hinsz-organ
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