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Breisiger [Briesger, Bryssiger], Peterlocked

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(b ?Saffig, nr Koblenz; fl 1516–42). German organ builder. He is sometimes referred to as ‘Schöffe und Bürger von Koblenz’. His significant work can be traced in the regions of the Lahn (Weilburg), the Mosel (Trier Cathedral) and the Rhine (Liebfrauenkirche, Andernach; Liebfrauenkirche, Dominican church and Florinskirche, Koblenz), and also in the Netherlands (Dominican church, Maastricht; Onze Lieve Vrouw, Tongeren; and St Amor, Munsterbilzen). Breisiger was a member of a distinguished family, and was himself a highly cultured man. As an organ builder he took a lead in the development of ‘new’ stops (narrow-scaled flue stops, various types of flute, Cornet V or VI, reeds with full-length resonators, Pedal flutes of 2′ or 1′ pitch), and at the same time made technical innovations in key actions and coupling. His work attracted great interest in the Netherlands. He wrote the most important and informative 16th-century instructions for registration, which are still consulted....

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