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Orgelbau Vier is a German organ building company based in Friesenheim ( Black Forest ). More than 350 new organs have emerged from the workshop.


Peter Vier (born December 29, 1930) learned organ building from 1950 under Wilhelm Wagner in Grötzingen and in 1957 became a partner in his workshop, which from then on traded as Wagner & Vier . In 1957 he passed his master craftsman examination and in 1965 became the sole owner of the company, which he relocated to Oberweier in the same year . Between 1957 and 1965 around 50 new organs were built, in the following 25 years he worked on around 250 organs, 70% of which were new and 30% were restorations. From 1974 to 1993 Peter Vier held a teaching position at the Trossingen University of Music . The organ builder Gaston Kern, who worked for Vier from 1968, founded 1974 in Hattmatt, Alsacethe "Manufacture d'orgues alsacienne" with the participation of Peter Vier. In 1991, Vier was made an honorary senator of the University of Tübingen .

Vier built organs in the Upper Rhine tradition and closely followed the organ building of Johann Andreas Silbermann and Johann Ferdinand Balthasar Stieffell . He regularly used hanging action with a mechanical slide drawer and liked to use pre-prints and alternating loops . The enclosures were designed to be open until 1960 and with frames until 1965, since then self-supporting enclosures made of solid wood have been used.

His son Martin Vier (* 1965) learned organ building from 1984 to 1988 and deepened his knowledge in 1988/1989 with Kern and Marc Garnier in France. In 1994 he passed the master craftsman's examination and took over the company in 1996. To date, more than 350 new organs have been built from Werkstatt Vier.

List of works (selection)

The size of the instruments is indicated in the fifth column by the number of manuals and the number of sounding registers in the sixth column. A capital “P” stands for a separate pedal.

year place church image Manuals register Remarks
1966 Baden-Baden Old Catholic Church II / P 24 New building
1969 Oppenau St. John Oppenau St Johannes Baptist Organ.jpg III / P 38 Restoration of the organ by the sons of Johann Ferdinand Balthasar Stieffell (1832)
1973 Ettenheim St. Bartholomew
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III / P 43 New building behind the housing by Johann Ferdinand Balthasar Stieffell (1776)
1976 Münsingen (Württemberg) Martinskirche Martinskirche Münsingen.jpg III / P 30th New building behind upper case by Christian Gotthilf Haussdörffer (1759), lower case new, with coupling manual and 5 preliminary prints
1978 Pfullingen Martinskirche III / P 40 New building
1981 Oberkirch (Baden) City parish church of St. Cyriak III / P 35 New building with coupling manual
1985 Mannheim - Feudenheim St. Peter and Paul Church II / P 28 New building, 1 further register planned.
1986 Tübingen James Church II / P 19th New building with 2 preliminary prints and 6 pedal transmissions via alternating loops → organ
1987 gain Castle garden , music hall Organ in the music hall of the Orangery in Erlangen.jpg IV / P 29 New building, 3 preliminary prints, pedal completely borrowed from the main work with 10 interchangeable loops
1988 Bietigheim-Bissingen Kilian's Church
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II / P 20th New building with coupling manual, 3 alternating loops and 4 preliminary prints
1988 Emmendingen Evangelical town church III / P 32 New building with 4 drafts and 5 transmissions
1989 Tübingen Pflegehof (Musicological Institute of the University) IV / P 27 New construction, pedal completely borrowed with 9 transmissions from the Grand Jeu
1990 Pforzheim Ev. method. church II / P 14th New building with 3 preliminary prints, pedal completely borrowed with 6 double loops from the main work
1990 Friesenheim Ev. church III / P 23 New building with 7 transmissions in the bass
1990 Nuremberg St. Martha
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II / P 28 New building with two pre-prints and coupling manual; Burned in 2014
1991 Horb am Neckar Ev. church II / P 21st New building with 3 drafts
1992 Meßstetten Ev. Lamprecht Church III / P 38 New building with 3 drafts
1994 Nufringen Ev. church II / P 15th New building with coupling manual, 1 preliminary print and 5 alternating loops
1994 Torgau Castle Church III / P 19th New building with 2 preliminary prints and 4 alternating loops
1994 Kings Peter and Paul Church III / P 40 New construction with 2 advance prints, 4 extensions in the pedal and an expression pedal borrowed from 8 alternating loops from the swell mechanism
1997 Waldbronn Wendelinkirche III / P 36 New building, small pedal with 8 alternating loops to the swell
2001 Laas (South Tyrol) St. John
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II / P 28 Reconstruction of the organ by Josef Sies (1853)
2006 Alzey St. Joseph II / P 20th New building incorporating wooden registers from the previous organ (around 1960), pedal complete with alternating loops to the main work, 2 transmissions
2008 Geinsheim St. Peter and Paul Geinsheimer Dom 17.JPG III / P 40 Reorganization of the organ of the Link Brothers (1903) including the original register, addition of the used registers of the time and 3 new registers
2010 Eutingen an der Enz St. Joseph II / P 20th New building in the style of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll
2012 Worms St. Martin II / P 21st New building, pedal complete with alternating loops to the main work


  • Hermann Fischer : 100 years of the Association of German Organ Builders . Orgelbau-Fachverlag, Lauffen 1991, ISBN 3-921848-18-0 , p. 325 .
  • Hermann Fischer, Theodor Wohnhaas: Lexicon of southern German organ builders . Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven 1994, ISBN 3-7959-0598-2 , p. 427 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Fischer, Wohnhaas: Lexicon of south German organ builders. 1994, p. 427.
  2. ^ Fischer: 100 years of the Association of German Master Organ Builders. 1991, p. 325.
  3. Company history , accessed on October 27, 2017.