Trebs, Heinrich Nikolaus
- Ulrich Dähnert
(b Frankenhausen, Germany, Aug 10, 1678; d Weimar, Germany, bur. Aug 18, 1748). German organ builder. The son of a carpenter, he learnt his trade from Christian Rothe in Salzungen about 1698 and went to Weimar in 1709, perhaps at J.S. Bach’s request; he became court organ builder there in 1712. When his eldest son, Johann Gottfried, was baptized on 26 November 1713, the godfathers were Bach and the composer and lexicographer J.G. Walther. Trebs built organs for Taubach, near Mellingen (1710; one manual with eight stops, pedal with three; specification by Bach); the Schlosskirche, Weimar (1714, during Bach’s tenure; two manuals, 24 stops, a rebuild; repaired and rebuilt again 1719–20 and 1726); and the Jacobikirche, Weimar (1721; two manuals, 18 stops). He built a large organ for Bad Berka, near Weimar, between 1742 and 1743, also in collaboration with Bach and with the help of his son Christian Wilhelm Trebs and Johann Christian Immanuel Schweinefleisch; it had 13 stops in the ...