Dalitz, Rudolph Friedrich
- Benjamin Vogel
(b Danzig [Gdańsk], Polish- Lithuanian Commonwealth, 1721 [bap. 28 Dec]; d Danzig, Feb 1804 [bur. 1 March]). Organ builder and piano maker in Danzig. He was a pupil and co-worker of Andreas Hildebrandt. In 1750 he built his masterpiece, the organ in Güttland (Koźliny) in Danziger Werder (gdańskie Żuławy). He took over Hildebrandt’s workshop in 1755 and obtained citizenship on 23 August 1759. About 20 organs that he built or rebuilt survive in Danzig, Elbing (Elbląg), Thorn (Toruń), and elsewhere. Dalitz also made pianos, mostly squares, often with a flute stop (Flötenwerk), and he added flute registers to clavichords and harpsichords built by Werner Woge. As early as 1765 he constructed a large organized clavichord with many stops that very possibly was a prototype for Johann Gottlob Wagner’s Clavecin royal of about 1774. Dalitz also manufactured small tower chimes, and flute mechanisms for musical clocks.B. Vogel...