Orgelbau Kuhn

Kuhn Organ Builders Ltd, 2007


Organ built by:
Carl Theodor Kuhn, 1925

Windchests: membrane chests
Key action: pneumatic
Stop action: pneumatic

Inauguration: 02.09.2007

Expert: Rudolf Bruhin
Voicing: Rudolf Aebischer, Pierre Barré

Orgelromantik aus Frankreich und Deutschland
Romantische Impressionen Vol. II
Urs Aeberhard, Romantikorgel, Reformierte Stadtkirche Solothurn, Vol. 1

Faszination Orgel, Restaurierung der Orgel der Reformierten Stadtkirche Solothurn 2007

Links, downloads:
Concerts (in German)

situation 1925

© pictures Orgelbau Kuhn AG, Männedorf, Ref. Kirchgemeinde Solothurn

portrait number 801390

Solothurn III/P/47
Switzerland, Solothurn
Ref. Stadtkirche

stop list (download)

Turning away from the spirit of the time

The pneumatic organ in the Solothurn Stadtkirche, built by Kuhn Organ Builders in 1925, has many interesting stories to tell. First of all it's a wonder that it even still exists. Many of its sister instruments in Europe fell victim to the Second World War. This was, however, only a few in proportion to the number which organ builders and organists destroyed themselves in the years following the war. This occurred mainly in urban regions where the finances were available to build new Baroque organs.

The Solothurn organ escaped this fate most of all due to its high quality. Acting as advisors at this time were the most renowned experts of the time: Albert Schweizer [!'> and Ernst Schiess.

But even this instrument did not escape radical changes being made to it. The stops Aeoline 8 ' and Voix céleste 8 ' were removed to make way for a Quinte 2 2/3 ' and a Terz 1 3/5 '. Instead of the Salicetbass 16 ' in the Pedal organ, a Nachthorn 2 ' was introduced. The swell box of Manual II, all sub-octave and super-octave couplers and the shared free combinations were also removed. The aim, a Baroque-style organ sound was, however, not achieved through these changes. This was due to the tonal characteristics of the membrane chests and those of the pneumatic system, features which make such a venture impossible.

Even today this Kuhn organ impresses with its quality. Therefore it was decided to return it to its original state: a challenging task. The archive documents and evidence on the instrument itself offered us a clear basis for the reconstruction of the original. Now the sound of the organ, as well as its unchanged appearance, create a unity with the church interior.
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