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date: 18 November 2019

Ott, Paul locked

  • Uwe Pape

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(b Oberteuringen, Aug 23, 1903; d Bovenden, Oct 28, 1991). German organ builder. He was a notable figure of the orgelbewegung. In 1928 or 1929 he apprenticed with G.F. Steinmeyer in Oettingen. At first his ideas were concerned with organ actions, but in 1930, encouraged by Karl Vötterle and Christhard Mahrenholz, he began to build a positive organ (one manual, 5½ stops). In 1932 he established his own business in Göttingen. In 1937 he received the Meisterbrief. Before World War II Ott built mostly positives and other small organs with tracker action, notably a house organ inspired by his brother-in-law, Erich Thienhaus, and Helmut Bornefeld, for the organist and composer Hugo Distler in Stuttgart (1938–9; two manuals, 15 stops, now in St Jakobi, Lübeck). After 1945 Otťs firm became one of the most important organ builders in Germany. He favoured narrow scaling, low wind pressure, and minimal nicking in an effort to recapture the tonal qualities of pre-Romantic organs. New organs were constructed for Wolfsburg (...

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