In October, we visited my boss – Andreas Grossmann – the director of music for the Diocese of Limburg here in Germany. Andreas is lucky to have a true Baroque organ in his church – St Gallus in Flörsheim, a pretty little village on the river Main near Frankfurt.
The organ contains some of the last remaining pipework from Baroque organ builder Dahm, who built some rather amazing instruments in his time, sadly no longer in existence. The organ in St Gallus includes 11 original stops from the Dahm instrument, now a three-manual Ott organ with 39 speaking stops.
One of the organ’s finest features is however its case, again not entirely original to the church or organ. The original Dahm organ (22 stops) dates from 1709. Exactly 100 years later, the instrument – now enlarged to 29 stops by Christian Köhler – the organ left its original home and was installed in the church in Flörsheim – a stroke of good luck – the original church was destroyed in the Second World War. Back to the organ case – it displays all sorts of Baroque goodies – including Angels’ bare bottoms – only visible from the organist’s perspective of course!
Check out the organ and the church in our video.