Charles-Marie Philbert and the Adema organ in the St.-Jacobsgesticht in Amsterdam by Victor Timmer & Ton van Eckby Victor Timmer & Ton van Eck | Het ORGEL | Year 103 | (2007) | Issue 5
Het ORGEL 103 (2007), nr. 5, 4-18 [summary]
The French diplomat Charles-Marie Philbert was active during his sojourn in The Netherlands (1849-1878 and 1880-1887) as choral conductor, composer, organ builder, organ examiner, and organ consultant.
Particularly in the last-named role he was an advocate in the Netherlands of the French symphonic organ in the style of Cavaillé-Coll. His best known achievement in this role was the building of the organ in the Moses and Aäron Church in Amsterdam by Gebroeders Adema (1871/1887). These organ builders assimilated many of his ideas permanently. Philbert had also great influence on the building of the Adema organ in the St.-Jacobsgesticht in Amsterdam (II/12, 1876). Thanks to the contents of several lengthy letters he wrote, we can conclude that the final design was based to a very great degree on his ideas, which followed partly the line of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, but were also to a certain extent independent.
Adema-organ (1876) in the former chapel “Sint Jacob” (situation summer 2004) Photo: Koos Schippers