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There are traditional music pieces from Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn

Organ clock music encompasses only a very small segment of our Western musical culture. Despite this, such an area of music does exist in its own right. On the one hand, a composer who is writing for a small organ clock is limited by the range and volume of the instrument, but on the other hand be has completely different tone qualities at his disposal. The limits and possibilities of a musician’s playing techniques are not relevant here at all. Even 15-part chords or simultaneously played chords with runs or trills are possible.


With the pinned barrels of these small organ mechanisms the most subtle variations in tempo and rhythm are possible. By influencing the response of the pipes, the finest nuances in articulation are obtainable, since the valves can be opened at differing speeds. Music can be made much more dynamic than is possible when performed by a musician. And a fuller sound is possible because there is no restriction of the performing musician’s ten fingers.

Von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, über Ludwig van Beethoven bis hin zu Joseph Haydn ist herrlichste Musik für diese kleinen Instrumente überliefert. Aber auch entsprechend gestaltete Volksmusiksätze erklingen äußerst liebenswert. In einem Wohnhaus verbreitet stündlich erklingende Flötenuhrmusik eine Atmosphäre von persönlicher Geborgenheit. Auf unsere, von elektronischer Klangerzeugung strapazierten Ohren übt diese Musik einen unvergleichlichen Reiz aus.

Each barrel is an expression of the marking musician

The designer who marks the barrel must be a sensitive musician who has experience in harmonization and ornamentation and finds an ideal form of musical expression in his making of the barrel. The barrel itself has had a long tradition over 250 years, having been used for chimes, mechanical spinets, harp clocks, then organ clocks, as well as for ordinary barrel organs. From the middle of the eighteenth century onwards, the heyday of the organ clock, the possibilities for rendering music with the pinned barrel reached a state of perfection. Essential for such perfection, however, was the precision and durability of the organ clock movements achieved by the clockmakers of the time.