Traxdorf [Drassdorf, Drossdorf], Heinrich
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(fl Mainz, c1440–44). German organ builder. He built three organs in Nuremberg between 1440 and 1443: the large organ for St Sebaldus (the modified case was destroyed in 1945) and two (medium and small) for the Frauenkirche. In 1444 he made an organ with Rückpositiv and ‘lödiges’ positive (probably with tin pipes) for St Peter, Salzburg. Traxdorf’s organs consist of one manual, Positive or Rückpositiv and Pedal. Traxdorf was one of the first to depart from the gothic Blockwerk organ by dividing the chests and separating the front stops into Flute (Principal) and Octave (Quoika termed this the ‘Nuremberg type’). The range of the manual was B to d″ and that of the Pedal A to b♭.PraetoriusSM, ii G. Pietzsch: ‘Orgelbauer, Organisten und Orgelspiel in Deutschland bis zum Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts’, Mf , 12 (1959), 25–35, 152–61, 294–8, 415–21 K. Bormann: Die gotische Orgel zu Halberstadt...