Bärmig, Johann Gotthilf
- Walter Hüttel
(b Werdau, May 13, 1815; d Werdau, Oct 26, 1899). German builder of organs and reed organs. He learnt organ building from Urban Kreutzbach in Borna and afterwards worked as an assistant in Salzburg. About 1846 he opened a workshop in Werdau, which he ran (possibly at first with Ramming) until 1887 when Emil Müller succeeded him. Bärmig’s work, which was awarded a silver medal at the Leipzig Art and Industry Exhibition in 1854, extended over the whole of Saxony and east Thuringia. Favouring 18th-century designs, he built about 50 first-rate one- and two-manual mechanical organs with slider chests and, usually, diagonal bellows, but occasionally rectangular bellows. His Great organs have a faultless upper-partial structure, and the large instruments (especially those in Schöneck, Kittlitz and Klingenthal) show a good balance between the two manuals. Terz 1 3/5′ and Quint 2 2/3′ or Cornet are standard features of the specification; the rich texture of the mixtures is especially attractive. The Pedal, which in Schöneck and Kittlitz includes a 32′ stop, is often enriched by a soft Posaune bass. Solid workmanship and a clear full tone distinguish Bärmig’s work, which recalls the splendour of old Saxon organ building. Some 40 instruments of his survive; one of the oldest is in the village church at Königswalde bei Werdau (...