The new Verschueren organ in Averbode Abbey by Marcel Verheggen

by Marcel Verheggen | Het ORGEL | Year 99 | (2003) | Issue 2

Marcel Verheggen The new Verschueren organ in Averbode Abbey
Het ORGEL 99 (2003), nr. 2, 13-19 [summary]

The turbulent history of Averbode Abbey (Belgium) began in 1135. After a devastating fire in 1942, rebuilding was begun in 1969.
In 1866, Hyppolyte Loret built a four-manual organ with 63 stops; in 1979, Bernard Pels built a two-manual organ with 10 stops. The Loret organ is in poor condition, the Pels organ is not situated near the centre of the church; so it was decided to have Verschueren Orgelbouw of Heythuysen build a new organ. 
The front of the new instrument is related to those of Bohemian baroque organs. The organ has 25 stops on Hoofdwerk, Bovenwerk and Pedal. The pipes of the Pedal are placed on the same level as those of the Hoofdwerk. The plenum of the Bovenwerk is sharper than that of the Hoofdwerk. The reeds have a southern character and make, combined with the Cornets (‘decomposée’ on the Bovenwerk), an impressive and noble Grand Jeu.
Verschueren proves in Averbode once again, as he did before in Kempen and Roggel, that he has developed a convincing individual style, based especially on the 18th-century Rhineland style.