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Der Aa-kerk

In 1671 the Aa-kerk organ burned down due to a lightning strike. The organ had been completed 4 years before, by Jacobus Galtusz Hagerbeer. Hagebeer had taken over the commission from expert builder Theodorus Faber, who had died during the construction.
Arp Schnitger began building a new organ in 1694, the largest organ he would make in the Netherlands. He completed it in 1697, but 13 years later this organ was also destroyed when the tower collapsed on top of it. The city council probably gave up, because from 1710 to 1815 no real attempts were made to build a new instrument.
In 1815 the organ builder Johannes Wilhelmus Timpe moved the organ Schnitger had built in the Academie-Kerk 1702 to the Der Aa-Kerk. Since the Academie-Kerk was smaller than the Aa-kerk, this organ didn’t have the right size and had to be expanded. The base of the main case was widened, and because of the church’s greater height, the organ cases were also fitted with a new, imposing crown by carver Matthijs Walles.
Restorations were carried out at various times in the 19th and 20th centuries, some by Timpe and Van Oeckelen. The last restoration took place in 2011, by Orgelmakerij Reil (Heerde). The instrument has three manuals and a pedal with a total of 40 stops divided over the great organ (13), positive (10), swell (8) and pedal (9). The organ case is made by Allert Meijer, the carvings are made by Jan de Rijk.

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