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Spieltisch von "Beethovens Orgel" aus der Kirche St. Remigius (bis 1803 Minoriten-Kirche) im Museum Beethoven-Haus Bonn, 2001

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1784, when Ludwig van Beethoven was 13 years old, he was engaged as an assistant organist in the court orchestra of Bonn. At the age of twelve years, he already substituted the main organist Christian Gottlob Neefe who replaced the musical director of the court's chapel. Beethoven's duty was to play the morning mass in the Minorite Church of Bonn. At that time, he played on the console shown here.

The organ of the Minorite Church was built by a Cologne organ builder in the middle of the 18th century. Due to the war, its frame had been destroyed in 1944 , but its physical appearance is handed down by some old pictures. Until then, the organ had already been rebuilt several times and, among other things, the old console had been removed. In 1905, it was given to the Beethoven-Haus as a gift. After a fire in 1960, it was restored in a slightly different shape, but it was restored to original condition in the 1980s (during the last restoration of the Beethoven-Haus).(S.B.)

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