Organ Portraits

In the Elbe-Weser region, the former Duchys of Bremen and Verden, organs built over the last five centuries are preserved, including more than 80 important organs under preservation orders, for example those of the famous organ builder Arp Schnitger. Therefore, this region is considered to be one of the richest and most varied organ landscapes in the world. These organs, that shape the musical life in the towns and villages, can be experienced in services and concerts.

The following map shows the Elbe-Weser region with about 70 historic organs that are coloured according to different categories:

  • works of Arp Schnitger (built between 1675 and 1709)
  • works in Schnitger’s succession (1727-1842)
  • further baroque organs since 1661, partly constructed using pipes from the 15th to 18th century
  • romantic organs (1833-1916)
  • typical organs of the Organ Reform Movement (1920-1960)
  • remarkable new works since 1981

By clicking on one of the symbols, you can receive some basic information about the organ. If you click on “Further details”, you will be redirected to a detailed description in German and photos of the organ on the website