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BuilderID 901

Builder Identification

Fergus, Ontario, Canada, 1979–2006.

Additional Notes

  • Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991, rev. ed. 1997, with updated information). —

    Established by Gerhard and Ruth Brunzema in Fergus, Ontario, Canada, November 16, 1979; active in 1989. Staff: Blair Batty.

    Sources:

    • Letter to David H. Fox.
    • The American Organist, April 1989, 91.
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    The following note was appended to the original entry in the database, source and date unknown:

    Thomas Donaghue, 12 Elizabeth St, Auburn NY 13021, is trying to publish a book on G. Brunzema. He has a very well-prepared list of all Brunzemas ever made— addresses, stoplists, dedication recitals—everything.

     

  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, April 8, 2016. —

    Between 1980 and 1985 Bruzema primarily focused on building easily transportable one manual 4-stop continuo organs. After 1985, the company began building larger tracker action instruments.1

    Gerhard Gerhard died April 7, 1992. Brunzema's son Friedrich completed his apprenticeship as an organ builder in Europe and by 1990 had joined his father's business.2 He continued operation of the business until 2006.3

    Thomas Donahue completed his book, Gerhard Brunzema, His Work and His Influence, it was published by Scarecrow Press in 1998. 4

    Sources:

    1. Karl J. Raudsepp, "Gerhard Brunzema", The Canadian Encyclopedia, Canadian Heritage Department, published June 21, 2007, last edited December 15, 2013, accessed April 8, 2016.
    2. Raudsepp,"Gerhard Brunzema".
    3. Brunzema Organs Inc. Corporation Number: 57801, Canada Business Directory, accessed April 8, 2016, https://www.can1business.com/company/Dissolved/Brunzema-Organs-Inc.
    4. Rowman & Littlefield website, "Gerhard Brunzema, His Work and His Influence", accessed April 8, 2016 https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780810833661/Gerhard-Brunzema-His-Work-and-His-Influence..

  • Suggested Further Reading:
    • Thomas Donahue, Gerhard Brunzema, His Work and His Influence (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1998). ISBN:978-0-8108-3366-1.
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Database Entries

There are 18 entries in the database that describe organs by Brunzema Organs Inc.


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