Henry Willis

Henry Father Willis (* 27. April 1821 in London; † 11. Februar 1901, ebenda) war ein Orgelbauer aus England. Seine Orgeln unterschieden sich grundsätzlich von den deutschen Orgeln. Sein Sohn Henry Willis II und sein Enkel Henry Willis III führten den Betrieb später fort. Sigfrid Karg-Elert widmete Henry Willis seine Passacaglia über B-A-C-H, Louis Vierne das bekannte Carillon du Westminster.

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Jahr Opus Ort Kirche Bild Manuale Register Bemerkungen
1851 Bristol
1885 Liverpool St. George's Townhall St. George's Hall Organ.jpg
1867 Kilkhampton
1875 Oxford St. Peter's College
1876 Durham
1877 Salisbury
1879 Glasgow
1880 Eastbourne
1880 Cambridge
1885 Cardiff Park Hall
1886 Canterbury
1887 Truro (Cornwall)
1888 Brighton St. Peter's
1892 Hereford
1893 Davos-Platz (Graubünden)
1895 West Hampstead
1899 St. Bees Priory St Bees priory Willis organ.jpg


  • William Leslie Sumner: Father Henry Willis, Organ Builder, and his Successors.. Musical Opinion, London 1957.
  • Centenary of the Death of Henry Willis. In: OHTA News. 25, Nr. 3, 2001, S. 7–12.
  • Salomon Kümmerle: Willis, Henry. In: Encyklopädie der evangelischen Kirchenmusik. 4, Gütersloh 1895, S. 413.
  • Kenneth Shenton: A Great Victorian – Henry Willis (1821–1901). In: Organists' Review. 87, 2001, S. 234–237.
  • Christopher Kent und Alfred Reichling: Willis, Familie. In: Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. 2. Auflage. Personenteil, Band 17, Bärenreiter/Metzler, Kassel/Stuttgart 2007, Sp. 987 sq..
  • Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Passcaglia über B-A-C-H, Hinrichsen Edition


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