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Heinrich Traxdorf (Drassdorf, Drossdorf) (dates of birth and death unknown) was an early Germanmarker organ builder. He was born in Mainzmarker, probably in the beginning of the 15th century. During the 1440s he built three organs in Nurembergmarker (the large organ of St. Sebaldus Churchmarker, destroyed in 1945, and two small organs for the Frauenkirchemarker) and one in Salzburgmarker, for St. Peter's abbey churchmarker. Traxdorf was a progressive builder, one of the first to depart from the gothic organ model by dividing the Blockwerk into independent divisions, dividing the chests and separating the front stops into Flute (Principal) and Octave. The instruments had a single manual and pedal, whose ranges were B to d" (manual) and A to b (pedal).

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  • Hermann Fischer. "Traxdorf, Heinrich", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy, (subscription access).
  • "The Organ: An Encyclopedia", edited by Douglas E. Bush and Richard Kassel. Routledge, 2006. ISBN 9780415941747

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