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date: 11 December 2019

Wegmann familylocked

  • Franz Bösken


German family of organ builders. Johann [Hans] Conrad Wegmann (b Affeltrangen or Affoltern am Albis, Switzerland, bap. June 22, 1699; d Frankfurt am Main, Oct 4, 1738), son of a cabinetmaker, became courtorgan builder in Darmstadt and married in that same year. His organs at the Barfüsserkirche, Frankfurt (1736) and at Wörsdorf (1737) were both completed by his journeyman and successor, Johann Christian Köhler (b Groß-Rosenburg an der Saale, 31 July 1714; d 1761), who married Wegmann’s widow in 1739. In 1740 Köhler moved the business to Frankfurt, where it rose to prominence. His 36 extant instruments recall those of Stumm in tone, but their façades are distinctive.

Köhler in turn was succeeded by his stepson Philipp Ernst Wegmann (b Darmstadt, 14 Aug 1734; d at sea, 26 July 1778), who received his indentures from his stepfather on 16 May 1756...

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