Gerhard Kirchner

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Gerhard Kirchner, February 1931

Gerhard Kirchner (born March 19, 1907 in Markersdorf near Gera ; † March 29, 1975 in Weimar ) was a German organ builder . From 1935 until his death he worked as a master organ builder in Weimar.


At the age of ten, Gerhard Kirchner was accepted into the St. Thomas Choir under Karl Straube . He completed his apprenticeship as an organ builder from 1927 at W. Sauer Orgelbau in Frankfurt (Oder), among others with Karl Ruther. From 1930 Kirchner studied acoustics in Berlin. In 1935 he passed the master craftsman examination and opened his workshop in Weimar. Here he succeeded Emil Heerwagen and Wilhelm Böttcher and continued to work as a representative of the Sauer company. After the war and imprisonment, he ventured a fresh start in 1947 and then worked as a master organ builder with his company throughout Thuringia and beyond.

Work as an organ builder

In addition to numerous repairs and organ conversions (for example the organ of the Bach site in Weimar ), he and his employees also carried out new constructions - including:

List of works (selection)

year place church image Manuals register Remarks
1934/35 Crane field St. Michael Kranichfeld organ brochure.jpg II / P 22nd Workshop representative for Walcker in Weimar; 2000 pneumatics used; Shutdown;
Luther rose visible as a glass window behind the organ pipes
1935 Apolda Martinskirche Org-kl.jpg II / P 10 Removed in 2003
1954 Weimar Melanchthon Chapel II / P 10 Replaced in 1982
1955 Eisenach Chapel in the palace of the Wartburg II / P 10 Replaced in 1983
1955 Weimar Kreuzkirche Organ Kreuzkirche Weimar.JPG II / P 14th Replaced in 1989
1959 Bad Blankenburg City Church I / P 7th
1963 Treppendorf Village church I / P 4th
1965 Jena Volkshaus I / P 11 1989 expansion after water damage
1971 Aken (Elbe) Ev. Parish hall I / P 7th


Organ builder Günter Bahr, who had learned from Kirchner, worked parallel to him in his own workshop from 1966. He built new instruments in Drackendorf, Großschwabhausen and Jarmen, and carried out modifications and repairs. On January 1, 1979, master organ builder Norbert Sperschneider (born November 13, 1951 - January 11, 2020 ), who had received his training at Bahr, took over the company and continued to run it until 2002. New organs were built for the church in Sommersdorf and the gate chapel in the Museum Kloster Veßra , with the focus on repairs and restorations.

See also


Web links

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