Swarzach, Austria (1974)
Mechanical key and stop action
3 manuals, 33 stops, 50 ranks
The installation of the Rieger organ in 1974 inspired a reorientation of the chapel to incorporate liturgical reforms. As originally designed, the sanctuary and altar were on a raised platform at the north end of the room and the pews were traditionally arranged with everyone facing the altar. However, as this area did not provide enough space or height for an organ, it was decided to install the organ in a central position along the east wall and use a freestanding altar on a raised platform in the center of the room.
"Josef von Glatter-Götz, head of Rieger, designed the organ with William Toole, head of music for the school, consulting. No effort was made to have an all-purpose organ. With the number of stops possible, an instrument was built that would play the great baroque repertoire properly. It is also easily suited to accompaniment of daily chapel services. The simply contemporary design of the natural oak case is harmonious with the chapel of this eight-year-old building. The Rückpositiv, sitting at floor level, is covered by glass with swell shades on top of the case. It acts as a reredos for the altar."
(The American Organist (September 1975)
Clergy seating is in front of the Rückpositiv case, and the pews are arranged in the collegiate manner.