Hamburg, Jacobikirche


Report on the organ by Albert Schweitzer from 1928 (In German)

Photo to the right from Dale C. Carr

1689-1693: Building of the organ by Arp Schnitger, using 25 ranks from the previous organ, which was also a 4-manual instrument, by Gottfried Fritsche. This instrument in turn also contained older ranks, by Scherer.

1720: J.S. Bach applied for the post of organist. He did not succeed as he did not pay a certain amount of money to the church. Joachim Heitmann obtained the position, paying 4,000 Marks.

1739: Chimes added to the organ.

1760-1761: Repairs and minor changes to the organ disposition by Johann Jacob Lehnert. Viola da Gamba of the Hauptwerk and Trompete of the Rückpositif are his.

1774-1775: Repairs and new manuals by Johann Paul Geycke.

Photo form about 1860

1890: Addition of a pneumatic windchest with 8 stops by Marcussen of Aabenraa.

Photo of the organ about 1900. Source:

1917: Removal of the front pipes for the War.

1925: Orgeltagung in Hamburg organised by Hans Henny Jahn. Major stimulus for the Orgelbewegung.

1928-1930: New front pipes by Karl Kemper.

1942: Removal of windchests, pipework and ornaments from the church.

1944: The church destroyed by bombs. Nothing of tracker action mechanism, bellows or case survived.

1948-1950: Preliminary re-installation in the south of the church.


1959-1961: Re-installation in the west of the church with new case and new mechanism.
At the bottom of the page some of Cor Roeleveld's photos of the console and the stopknobs with images representing Mozart etc., a.o.
Photo of the situation after 1959/1961 to the left.

The organ from 1961-1989
The organcase from 1961 was moved to Wismar when the new case of Ahrend was made. It was the intention to use the organcase for a new organ in the Georgenkriche. This plan was not realised.
The case of the Rückpositif is used in 2014 for a new choirorgan for the Nikolaikirche. The rest of the organcase was demolished. The console with the figure-drawknobs stayed in Hamburg.

The Rückpositif in Wismar. Source (02)

1989-1993: Reconstruction of the organ by Jürgen Ahrend.


Werck   Rückpositif Brustpositif Oberpositif   Pedal  
Principal 16' Principal 8' Principal 8' Principal 8' Principal 32'
Quintadehn 16' Gedackt 8' Octav 4' Rohrflöht 8' Octava 16'
Octava 8' Quintadehna 8' Hollflöht 4' Holzflöht 8' Subbas 16'
Spitzflöth 8' Octava 4' Waldflöht 4' Spitzflöht 4' Octava 8'
Viola da Gamba 8' Blockflöht 4' Sexquialtera II Octava 4' Octava 4'
Octava 4' Querpfeiff 2' Scharff IV-VI Nasat 2 2/3' Nachthorn 2'
Rohrflöt 4' Octava 2' Dulcian 8 Octava 2' Rauschpfeiff III
Flachflöht 2' Siffloit 1 1/3' Trechter Regal 8' Gemshorn 2' Mixtur VI-VIII
Superoctav 2' Sesquialtera II     Scharff IV-VI Posaune 32'
Rauschpfeiff II Scharff VI-VIII     Cimbel III Posaune 16'
Mixtur VI-VIII Dulcian 16'     Trommet 8' Dulcian 16'
Trommet 16' Bahrpfeiffe 8'     Vox Humana 8' Trommet 8'
    Trommet 8'     Trommet 4'  Trommet 4'
                Cornet 2'


Photo above by Piet Bron. The Schnitger organ and to the left the new organ from 1970 by Kemper (01)

Below Photos from Cor Roeleveld made of the console of 1959/1961

Photo from Dale C. Carr


  1. E-Mail from Jan Venema d.d. 15.4.2007
  2. E-Mail from Ibo ortgies 2015.12.14