- Hans Klotz
- and Daniel Chorzempa
German family of musicians.
Hans Klotz, revised by Daniel Chorzempa
(b Halberstadt, Dec 6, 1805; d Hausneindorf, nr Quedlinburg, March 3, 1875). Organ builder. Together with E.F. Walcker, F. Ladegast and W. Sauer, he was one of the most important 19th-century German organ builders. His business was based in Hausneindorf, and his son Emil (1836–84) was in partnership with him from 1860. Their most notable instruments include those of the Jakobikirche, Magdeburg (1855–8; three manuals, 53 stops), Magdeburg Cathedral (1856–61; four manuals, 81 stops; see Organ, §VI, 3, especially Table 32), the Gewandhaus, Leipzig (1860), Quedlinburg (1870) and Kyritz (1873), the only Reubke organ remaining largely intact. The early instruments were built with slider-chests, but the tubular-pneumatic action of the Sanders type was employed later, and Emil developed a sliderless chest (‘Hahnenlade’; the ‘Hahnen’ (cocks) are anglepieces for opening the valves under the pipes). The firm was sold in ...