Burkhard Dinstlinger

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Burkhard Dinstlinger (* around 1450 in Bozen or Brixen , † after 1516) was a South Tyrolean organ builder . In addition to South Tyrol, he worked in Lower Bavaria , Saxony and Austria .


Dinstlinger changed his place of residence several times depending on the orders. It can be traced for the first time in 1474 in Nuremberg. From the 1480s he worked in Tyrol and Innsbruck. Lived in Bozen from 1482 to 1486, in Dresden from 1487 to 1488 and from 1489 to 1492 in Lower Bavaria. From 1493 to 1497 he settled as a citizen of Wroclaw , where he owned a house. Wroclaw paid him an annuity from at least 1504 to 1510. He lived in Bautzen from 1499 to 1502 when he built the cathedral organ there. He then moved to Freiberg until 1503 and lived in Wittenberg from 1505 to 1507 and in Guben in Lower Lusatia from 1507 to 1509 . Together with Arnolt Schlick and Hofhaimer, he took part in an organ building conference in Torgau in 1516. There is evidence that his widow lived in the New Hospital in Nuremberg until 1547.


Dinstlinger was one of the most important organ builders on the threshold of modern organ building. He created partly large, two- and three-manual organs in the late Gothic style, which were based on complete principal choirs. The famous Paul Hofhaimer checked his organs in Sterzing and Bozen. Here Dinstlinger was active in the Passau area in 1490. In Saxony carried out some new buildings from before 1498 to 1507.

He had numerous apprentices and journeymen. His students included Lorenz von Nürnberg and Blasius Lehmann , with whom he built the Bautzen cathedral organ around 1500. Nothing of his works has survived.

List of works

The Roman number indicates the number of manuals, a capital "P" indicates an independent pedal and the Arabic number in the penultimate column indicates the number of sounding registers.

year place building image Manuals register Remarks
1474 Nuremberg St. Sebald New building; not received
1483-1484 Brixen Brixner Dom New building; not received
1484 innsbruck Hofburg  ? repair
1485-1488 Bolzano Parish church Construction of a small and a large organ
1490 Sterzing Parish church New building; not received
1490 Koesslarn Fortified church Kößlarn New construction of a positive
1497-1498 Lochau Annaburg Castle , Castle Chapel I. New construction of a positive
1497-1498 Torgau Hartenfels Castle , Castle Chapel New building; not received
1498-1499 Nuremberg St. Lorenz III / P 19th New building; not received
1498-1499 Nuremberg woman Church
1499-1502 Bautzen St. Petri Cathedral II New building together with Blasius Lehmann on the singing gallery in the south aisle; not received
1502-1503 Freiberg Freiberg Cathedral II or III 23 New building with 1198 pipes and 14 bellows; The chest and upper work were probably played on one manual; not received
1503-1505 Goerlitz Parish Church of St. Peter and Paul II 19th New building of a large organ; not received
1504-1507 Wittenberg Wittenberg Castle , Castle Church Construction of a large and small organ together with Blasius Lehmann
1506 Grossenhain City Church New building
1506-1507 Goerlitz Parish Church of St. Peter and Paul Construction of a small organ; not received
1507 Vienna Stephansdom New building


  • Ulrich Dähnert: Historical organs in Saxony. An organ inventory . VEB Deutscher Verlag für Musik, Frankfurt 1980, ISBN 3-920112-76-8 , p. 301 .
  • Uwe Pape , Wolfram Hackel (Ed.): Lexicon of North German Organ Builders. Vol. 2: Saxony and the surrounding area . Pape, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-921140-92-5 , pp. 63-64 .
  • Alfred Reichling: Dinstlinger, Burkhard. In: Music in the past and present . Person part, Vol. 5. 2nd edition. Bärenreiter, Kassel / Stuttgart 2001, Sp. 1085-1087.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Pape: Lexicon of North German Organ Builders. 2012, p. 64.
  2. a b orgeln.musikland-tirol.at: Dinstlinger (Distlinger, Tischlinger), Burkhard , accessed on March 22, 2015.
  3. ^ Douglas E. Bush, Richard Kassel (ed.): The Organ. To Encyclopedia . Routledge, New York, London 2006, ISBN 0-415-94174-1 , pp. 335 ( limited preview in Google Book search).
  4. ^ Dähnert: Historical organs in Saxony. 1980, p. 105.