Kaschendorf [Caschindorf, Castendorfer, Kastendörfer], Stephan
- Hermann Fischer
(b Breslau, c1425; d ?Schweidnitz, Silesia, after Feb 4, 1499). German organ builder. He was initially apprenticed to a carpenter called Nickel; it is not known who taught him organ building. By 1460 he was considered an ‘egregius magister in ista arte’. He was active in a wide geographical area extending from Silesia to Saxony, Thuringia, Franconia and Swabia far into southern Germany. Like many leading organ builders of the second half of the 15th century (such as Heinrich Traxdorf, Leonhard Mertz, Burkhart Dinstlinger, Friedrich Krebs and Hans Tugi) he was well-travelled. His organs are characterized by the use of independent divisions and stops (Hauptwerk and Rückpositiv or Brustwerk); no specifications have survived. He built organs for St Maria Magdalena, Breslau (1455), the St Egidien, Nuremberg (1460), St Elisabeth, Breslau (1460–64), the Georgskirche, Nördlingen (1464–6), the Frauenkirche, Nuremberg (...