Brandl, Josef [Josip, Jožef ]
- Darja Koter
[Josip, Jožef ]
(b Eisendorf, Germany, Aug 15, 1865; d Maribor, Slovenia, June 20, 1938). German organ, harmonium, and piano builder active in Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, and Hungary. From 1878 to 1882 he studied in Rosenheim, Bavaria, with the organ builder Jakob Müller, for whom he then worked for three years. Later he travelled and worked with Mathias Burkard in Heidelberg, Gebrüder Mayer in Feldkirch, and finally with Anton Bechmann (1850–1932) in Schwarzach. In 1893, after receiving his master’s qualification he worked briefly for Ludwig Edenhofer in Regen; then he moved to Maribor and established his own workshop with two assistants. Brandl’s repairs and renovations of older organs in Styria earned him a good reputation, and after a few years he became one of the most important organ builders in the region.
In 1895 Brandl provided a 20-stop organ for a church in Varaždin, Croatia. His largest instrument and his only one with three manuals is at the Basilica Lurške Matere Božje in Brestanica (Raichenburg) by Krško (...