St. Gangolf – Besseringen – De

Back in the 18th century, the inhabitants of Besseringen, Schwemlingen and Dreisbach had to travel far to reach their parish church, located in the woods aloft of the Saar river, close to the Saar Loop. Whether or not the church contained an organ even then is unknown.

The current instrument, a Klais-organ constructed in 1935 and initially built for Josef’s Church in Merzig, was erected here after the Second World War. The black and white photograph shows the organ in its long-standing caseless state, with its façade pipes directed towards the wall.

This was due to change with the church renovation in the 1990s, when the instrument received a general overhaul and an oak case. As per the organist’s wishes, the organ’s lateral position was retained in order to keep the gallery center available for the choir.

Of all the submitted proposals for the organ’s façade, among them both symmetrical and asymmetrical designs, the asymmetrical option was deemed best by all those involved due to the fact that it both captures and underlines the organ’s decentralized position on the gallery.


I. Great Organ C-g3 II. Positive C-g3 Pedal Organ C-f1
Prinzipal Holzflöte Subbaß 16´
Nachthorngedackt Salicional Zartbaß 16´
Gemshorn Singendprinzipal Gedacktbaß
Progressivo 2-4 fach Flageolett Bassflöte

Tubular-pneumatic action, cone-valve chests
couplers: II/I – II/I super – II/I sub – I/P – II/P
1 free combination, Tutti