Nicolaus Manderscheidt

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Nicolaus Manderscheidt, copper engraving by Georg Walch , 1654
The organ of his son Sebald Manderscheidt in the St. Nikolaus Cathedral
(Freiburg im Üechtland)

Nicolaus Manderscheidt , also Nikolaus Manderscheidt (born April 2, 1580 in Trier , † April 7, 1662 in Nuremberg ), was a German organ builder .


Nicolaus Manderscheidt learned the organ building trade from an unknown master. He then worked as a journeyman with Stephan Cuntz in Nuremberg. He received citizenship in 1618 after becoming a Protestant. He married for the first time in 1619. On April 26, 1620 his son Hans Sebald Manderscheidt († 1685) was born; he was mainly active as an organ builder in Carinthia and Switzerland. Nicolaus Manderscheidt became a city organ builder in Nuremberg in 1623 as the successor to Heinrich Kirmes. After the death of his first wife, he remarried in 1626.


Manderscheidt's instruments have a typical formal language: They usually have a three-part brochure with a small middle field, double upper keys , a channel tremulant and roof bellows. It stood entirely in the tradition of positive construction for which the city of Nuremberg was known at the time. Only organ positives have survived from his work. In addition, he also repaired larger instruments in churches as a city organ builder.

Work (selection)

The following positives have been preserved from his numerous works:


  • Hermann Fischer and Theodor Wohnhaas : Lexicon of the southern German organ builders. Heinrichshofen, Wilhelmshaven 1994, ISBN 3-7959-0598-2 . P. 242.
  • Theodor Wohnhaas: Manderscheidt, Nicolaus. In: Manfred H. Grieb (Ed.): Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon - visual artists, craftsmen, scholars, collectors, cultural workers and patrons from the 12th to the middle of the 20th century. De Gruyter, 2007. p. 986. ( Preview on Google Books )

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Otmar Heinz: Sebald Manderscheidt In: Frühbarocke Orgeln in der Steiermark - On the genesis of a south German-Austrian type of instrument of the 17th century. LIT-Verlag, Münster 2012, pp. 153–156.
  2. No. 2 Organ - Nicolaus Manderscheidt - German, 1625. In: William Skinner: The Belle Skinner Collection of Old Musical Instruments. 1933, pp. 4-7. (PDF file). / Entire book .
  3. Description of the instrument including pictures in the Isenberg Organ Collection, accessed on June 29, 2016.
  4. John Jones: Hidden Gems. In: The PipeLine. Journal of the York & District Organists' Association. December 2015, pp. 22–23. (PDF file)
  5. ^ Markus Lommer: Catholic liturgy and popular piety in Sulzbach at the time of Christian August. P. 168 in: Morgen-Glantz magazine of the Christian Knorr von Rosenroth Society. Sulzbach-Rosenberg 15/2005.
  6. ^ The Manderscheidt positive: the story of an organ as exciting as a thriller. In: Onetz , June 14, 2006, accessed June 29, 2016.
  7. The history of the organBaroque organs . ( Memento of the original from June 29, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved from the museum website on June 29, 2016. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. ^ Eberhard Kraus: Historical organs in the Upper Palatinate. Schnell & Steiner, 1990, ISBN 3-7954-0387-1 . P. 134.
  9. Peter Donhauser: Royal Sound - Visit to the oldest organs in the Upper PalatinateEnsdorf / Eggenberg, 1645. in: Onetz , January 22, 2016, accessed on June 29, 2016.
  10. Illustration at the Greifenberg workshop for historical keyboard instruments, accessed on June 29, 2016.

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