Brandenstein, Johann Konrad
- Theodor Wohnhaas
(b Kitzingen, Germany, Aug 1, 1695; d Stadtamhof, Germany, Nov 21, 1757). German organ builder. He was a son of Johann Adam Brandenstein (b Himmelstadt, Germany, Oct 21, 1657; d Kitzingen, Germany, Aug 9, 1726) and worked as a journeyman in Franconia. He married the widow of the organ builder Philipp Franz Schleich (c1686 – 15 Nov 1723) and took over his workshop at Stadtamhof, near Regensburg. From 1725 he built a considerable number of organs in the old Bavarian region, including those in Rohr (1725), Metten (1726), Weltenburg (1728), Regensburg Upper Minster (1744), and Frauenzell (1752). Most of his organs are very imposing; his greatest stood in the monastery church of the former Cistercian abbey in Waldsassen (1738). Brandenstein’s status as an organ builder was equivalent to that of König in Ingolstadt and Egedacher in Passau. His pupils included Ferdinand Stiefel (...