Three organs of the third Bätz generation restored by Sietze de Vries

by Sietze de Vries | Het ORGEL | Year 113 | (2017) | Issue 6


Sietze de Vries Three organs of the third Bätz generation restored
Het ORGEL 113 (2017), nr. 6, 24-31 [summary]

Between 1820 and 1849 the family firm Bätz – by then the third generation – experienced significant growth. The company had had a difficult time during the second generation (1770-1820): political circumstances, disagreements between the brothers Gideon Thomas and Christoffel, and also the murderous competition from the organ builder Meere contributed to the problems. The arrival of Christian Gottlieb Friedrich Witte in 1826 gave an important impulse to the new, successful direction of the firm. In 1833 Witte became co-partner of Jonathan Bätz, and from that time determined ever more strongly the course of the firm, both visually and tonally. The three recently restored Bätz organs in Weesp, Den Bosch, and Amsterdam show precisely what changed in this important period of the famous dynasty. This article describes these changes and evaluates the restorations.

Photos Jan Smelik

Weesp, Hervormde kerk Click at the picture to enlarge

Amsterdam, Koepelkerk

‘s Hertogenbosch, Grote kerk