Reubke, Adolf Christian
- Thomas Langner
(b Halberstadt, Germany, Dec 6, 1805; d Hausneindorf, nr. Quedlinburg, Germany, March 3, 1875). German organ builder. The family moved in 1809 to Hausneindorf, and his father’s premature death forced Reubke, the eldest son, to leave school. Although he had taken piano lessons and also played the organ, he apprenticed as a turner, working in this trade until 1839. Reportedly inspired by reading J.G. Töpfer’s Die Orgelbaukunst (1833–4), in 1837 he began to learn organ-building on his own. His first organ was a one-manual seven-stop instrument, purchased for the foundry chapel in Thale, near Quedlinburg. In his mature work he made early use of tubular-pneumatic action and other innovations, while for the most part retaining traditional principles of scaling. His two masterworks in Magdeburg, the larger slider-chest organ in the Jakobikirche (1855–8; three manuals, 53 stops, installed in the existing old case) and the cathedral organ (...