- Ole Olesen
( b Varde, Dec 17, 1904; d Copenhagen, June 5, 1980). Danish organ builder . He was apprenticed in 1926 to Marcussen & Søn in Åbenrå, and only five years later was appointed managing director of the firm’s Copenhagen division. In 1963 he founded his own workshop in Copenhagen, and under his own name built many distinguished and characteristic instruments based on the ideals he had developed during the preceding decades. He was one of the pioneers and theoreticians of the Danish Organ Reform Movement; he took a special interest in organ architecture, and always preferred to design his own instruments in order to create what he described as ‘an intimate coherence between aural and visual architecture’. Examples of his work are the organs at the church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen (rebuild, 1965); the church of Gustavus Adolfus, Helsingborg, Sweden (1968); St Olai’s Cathedral, Helsingør (1969...