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St. Martin
Katholische Pfarrkirche St. Martin
Gemeinde St. Martin Idsteiner Land
2015-02-08 Jenkins Te Deum.JPG
Performance of Karl Jenkins' Te Deum by three local church choirs in an ecumenical project on 8 February 2015
50°13′8″N 8°16′0″E / 50.21889°N 8.26667°E / 50.21889; 8.26667Coordinates: 50°13′8″N 8°16′0″E / 50.21889°N 8.26667°E / 50.21889; 8.26667
Location Idstein, Germany
Denomination Catholic
Dedication St. Martin
Consecrated 5 June 1965 (1965-06-05)
Architect(s) Johannes Krahn
Capacity 450
Length 45 metres (148 ft)
Width 14 metres (46 ft)
Height 14 metres (46 ft)
Diocese Limburg
Music group(s)
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis
  • Kinderchor St. Martin
  • Orchester St. Martin
  • Barock-Consort St. Martin

St. Martin is the name of a Catholic parish and church in Idstein, Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis, Germany. The official name of the church is Katholische Pfarrkirche St. Martin. The name of the parish became St. Martin Idsteiner Land on 1 January 2017, when it was merged with five other parishes. The parish is part of the Diocese of Limburg.

St. Martin is the patron saint of Idstein, to whom a Gothic church was dedicated in 1330. The present building, designed by architect Johannes Krahn, was consecrated in 1965. It replaced a church built in 1888 in Gothic revival style and dedicated to Mary Magdalene. The earlier church was too small for the congregation growing after World War II.

After restoration in 2003, a new organ was installed in 2006. Church music in services and concerts, performed by several groups including a children's choir and ensembles playing historic instruments, have received attention in the Rhein-Main Region. The parish is in long-term ecumenical contact with the main Protestant church of the town, the Unionskirche, which includes two regular ecumenical services and concerts performed by joint groups of both churches.

History of the parish St. Martin

The beginning of Christianity in Idstein is not documented. When the Idstein Castle was first mentioned in 1102, the area belonged to the Diocese of Trier. Idstein possibly had a church in Romanesque style which was replaced in 1330 by a Gothic church dedicated to St. Martin, the patron saint of Idstein. It was the church of a Chorherrenstift founded in 1333 for six canons, and became the Protestant church with the Reformation, named Unionskirche in 1917.[1]

During the Reformation, Idstein became Lutheran beginning in 1540 under Philipp I of Nassau-Idstein [de]. The last Catholic canon left the town in 1553, which then had no Catholic congregation until the beginning of the 19th century.[1] In 1806 Frederick Augustus, Duke of Nassau, permitted the practice of the Catholic cult again. Thirteen families were permitted to use the chapel of the Schloss.[2] The dukedom became part of the Kingdom of Prussia in 1866. In 1884 the minister, Wilhelm Schilo, began the building of a church for a growing congregation, collecting money all over Germany.[1] The architect Aloys Vogt, from the local Baugewerbeschule (School for building trades), designed a hall church with two aisles in Gothic Revival style, built from 1887 to 1888.[3] The building, seating 135 people, was dedicated to Mary Magdalene (Magdalenenkirche) by Bishop Karl Klein [de] on 8 October 1888. The Catholic population of Idstein grew considerably after World War II, when many refugees and displaced persons moved to Idstein.[1][2] Minister Hans Usinger first built a Gemeindehaus (community center) and pursued from 1961 the building of a larger church.[2] The Magdalenenkirche was dynamited in 1963.[3][4]

The building of the new church began in 1963. It was consecrated, again to St. Martin, on 5 June 1965 by Bishop Wilhelm Kempf.[5][6]

On 1 January 2017 the parish became part of the larger St. Martin Idsteiner Land parish, which includes five other former parishes: Maria Königin Niedernhausen, St. Nikolaus von Flüe Idstein-Wörsdorf/Hünstetten, St. Martha Niedernhausen-Engenhahn, St. Michael Niedernhausen-Oberjosbach and St. Thomas Waldems.[7][8] A service was held on 5 February by Wolfgang Rösch.[7]

Construction of the present church

St. Martin, Idstein
Station of the Cross

Professor Johannes Krahn, who built several churches and early skyscrapers such as the Beehive House in Frankfurt am Main, designed a space recalling elements of an early Romanesque Basilica. In a simple shape, a single long nave is concluded by a semicircle choir around the altar. On the right side the wall opens to a side chapel, reminiscent of a transept. The outer walls are sandstone, visible both inside and outside.[3] Light flows in from a band of windows under the plain wooden ceiling. The combination of materials has been compared to Le Corbusier.[5] The building recalls the austere style of sacred architecture of the 1950s.[3]

The floor is of Jura marble, the altar, ambo, baptismal font and tabernacle are made of Lahn marble. The wall behind the altar held a neo-gothic crucifixion scene of Mary, John, and Mary Magdalene under the cross, from the Magdalenenkirche.[3] Low stained glass windows forming the Stations of the Cross were designed by Paul Corazolla from Berlin.[5] The first organ was built by E. F. Walcker & Cie. and consecrated in 1974. It was placed on the right side in the opening for the chapel, visible to the congregation. The free-standing bell tower, housing four bells, is 42 m high.[3]

Restoration in 2003

The walls of the church were completely restored in 2003.[5] At the same time the altar was moved closer to the congregation, making more room for the choir. The baptismal font was relocated from the chapel to the front, opposite the ambo. The tabernacle, which had been where the baptismal font is now, and the crucifixion scene were moved to the chapel, creating a chapel for adoration. The restoration works were directed by Franz Josef Hamm from Limburg. The new cross above the altar was created by a group of young people in preparation for confirmation. During the restoration the organ had to be taken apart. The parish decided not to restore it but to have a new organ built.[9]

Mebold organ and concerts

Mebold organ

The organ was built by Orgelbau Mebold and consecrated on 22 January 2006. The instrument has 1,888 pipes and 33 stops on two manuals and a pedalboard. The layout of its great division (Hauptwerk) reflects the classic organ construction of the Baroque period, whilst the swell division (or swell box) (Schwellwerk) has the timbre of the Romantic, which makes it possible to play a wide range of the organ repertoire from different eras.[9][10] The first organ concert on the Mebold organ was played by Dan Zerfaß, organist of the Worms Cathedral.[11] The organ is used mostly in services, but has been played in concerts of artists such as Kalevi Kiviniemi.[12] In 2005 Graham Waterhouse was the soloist in the premiere of his Cello Concerto in the chamber version on 5 August 2005.[13] Giora Feidman and Matthias Eisenberg performed a duo programme on 14 November 2008. Christian Schmitt played in 2007 with the chamber choir of the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt, conducted by Wolfgang Schäfer,[10] who returned in 2010 to conduct the Frankfurter Kammerchor.[14]

Church music

Franz Fink has been the cantor of St. Martin since 1992, conducting five musical groups, a children's choir Kinderchor St. Martin, the Chor St. Martin, the Martinis (a chamber choir of mostly young people), the Orchester St. Martin, and the Barock-Consort St. Martin on period instruments. The church choir was named Chor St. Martin in 1973. The Martinis were founded in 1988 by Thomas Gabriel as a youth choir.[15][16]

Franz Fink in rehearsal of Immortal Bach by Nystedt for five four-part choirs, 24 April 2012

All groups perform in services, including masses such as Haydn's Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, Leopold Mozart's Missa in C, K. 115, Mozart's Missa brevis in D minor, K. 65 and Spatzenmesse, Monteverdi's Missa in F from Selva morale e spirituale, the mass for double choir from Missodia Sionia by Michael Praetorius, the Missa aulica by František Xaver Brixi, the Missa secundi toni by Johann Ernst Eberlin, and masses by Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, Hans Leo Hassler, Alberich Mazak, Flor Peeters and Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel. The repertory includes motets such as Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský's Laudetur Jesus Christus, Kuhnau's Tristis est anima mea, Rheinberger's Abendlied and Bruckner's Locus iste.

The groups have also included contemporary music, such as that by Heinz Werner Zimmermann, Pärt's De profundis, Barber's Agnus Dei, Sandström's Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, and Whitacre's Lux Aurumque. The Martinis have performed Bach cantatas, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 (Actus tragicus), in Geistliche Abendmusik (a Vespers service) on 20 November 2005, and Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, BWV 39, in a cantata service.

Chamber choir OREYA in a service in 2009

Concerts and services have also been performed by guest ensembles such as the Ukrainian chamber choir OREYA.[17] The choirs of St. Martin travelled to England in 2006 to attend services and evensong in Christ Church, Oxford, Salisbury Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral, London. They travelled to Leipzig in 2008 to hear the Thomanerchor in Motette and services.[16] In 2009 they sang with other choirs of the diocese in the Limburg Cathedral from the Missa primi toni octi vocum of Stefano Bernardi for double chorus, conducted by Joachim Dreher and Franz Fink.[18] In 2016, they performed at the Cathedral the premiere of the oratorio Laudato si' with the choirs of Liebfrauen, Frankfurt, conducted by the composer Peter Reulein. The performance was repeated at the Frankfurt Cathedral in 2017.[19]

Choral concerts

An annual choral concert with soloists and orchestra has been performed by the combined choirs. The specialized orchestras La Beata Olanda (Freiburg), Antichi Strumenti (Mulhouse), Main-Barockorchester Frankfurt and L'arpa festante /Munich) accompanied works by Bach, Buxtehude, Handel, Haydn and Schütz in historically informed performances, also the church's groups Capella lignea and Barock-Consort St. Martin. Several concerts were collaborations with other choirs: the choir of the Protestant church of Geisenheim and the Idsteiner Kantorei (the choir of the Unionskirche), conducted by Kantor Carsten Koch from 2003.

In the following table, the regular conductor Franz Fink is not mentioned, only the guest conductor when conductors shared a performance.

Concerts with choirs of St. Martin
Date Composer Work Conductor / Choir / Orchestra Soloists Location
15 Mar 1998 (15 Mar 1998)[20] Bach St Matthew Passion
Chor St. Martin
La Beata Olanda
8 May 1999 (8 May 1999)[21] Puccini Messa di Gloria Thassilo Schlenther
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Ev. Chor Geisenheim

Kammerphilharmonie Rhein-Main
28 May 2000 (28 May 2000)[22][23]
Part of Idsteiner Bachtage
Bach Chor St. Martin
Antichi Strumenti
20 Oct 2001 (20 Oct 2001)[24][25] Thassilo Schlenther
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Ev. Chor Geisenheim

Kammerphilharmonie Rhein-Main
  • Kalliopi Patrona
  • Daniel Sans
  • Richard Martin (speaker)
15 Jun 2002 (15 Jun 2002)[16][26]
Part of Hessentag
Haydn Die Schöpfung Edwin Müller
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Idsteiner Kantorei

Antichi Strumenti
29 Jun 2003 (29 Jun 2003)[27] Handel
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis

Antichi Strumenti
Katia Plaschka Unionskirche
  • 11 Dec 2004 (11 Dec 2004)
  • 12 Dec[28]
Bach Christmas Oratorio
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis

Antichi Strumenti
9 Oct 2005 (9 Oct 2005)[29]
Choral Music from England
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis
  • Kinderchor St. Martin
5 Jun 2006 (5 Jun 2006)[30] Rutter
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis

Kammerphilharmonie Rhein-Main
Janina Moeller
11 Mar 2007 (11 Mar 2007)[31] Buxtehude
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis

  • Antichi Strumenti
  • Capella Lignea
18 May 2008 (18 May 2008)[32] Mozart Great Mass in C minor
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis

Kammerphilharmonie Rhein-Main
5 Apr 2009 (5 Apr 2009)[33] Bach St Matthew Passion
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis

La Beata Olanda
  • 13 Nov 2010 (13 Nov 2010)
  • 14 Nov 2010
Verdi Requiem St Martin Idstein.JPG
Verdi Messa da Requiem Carsten Koch
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Idsteiner Kantorei
  • Martinis

Nassauische Kammerphilharmonie
18 Sep 2011 (18 Sep 2011)[36] Handel Messiah
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis

Main-Barockorchester Frankfurt
3 Jun 2012 (3 Jun 2012)[37]
Sacred Choral Music of the 20th and 21st centuries
St. Martin choirs 2012 crop.JPG
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis
29 Sep 2013 (29 Sep 2013)[16][38]
Mass in B minor rehearsal.JPG
Bach Mass in B minor (details) L'arpa festante
13 Jul 2014 (13 Jul 2014)[39] Heinrich Schütz
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis

Barock-Consort St. Martin
16 Nov 2014 (16 Nov 2014)[39]
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis

Barock-Consort St. Martin
Janina Moeller
8 Feb 2015 (8 Feb 2015)[40][41] Karl Jenkins Carsten Koch
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Idsteiner Kantorei
  • Martinis

Nassauische Kammerphilharmonie
15 Nov 2015 (15 Nov 2015)[42]
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis

Nassauische Kammerphilharmonie
16 April 2016 (16 April 2016)[43] Haydn Die Schöpfung Carsten Koch
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis
  • Idsteiner Kantorei
  • De Wase Kantorij, Zwijndrecht

Nassauische Kammerphilharmonie
  • 6 November 2016 (6 November 2016)
    Limburger Dom Oratorium Laudato si 06112016.jpg
  • 29 January 2017 (29 January 2017)[19]
    Frankfurter Dom Oratorium LaudatoSi 29012017.JPG
Peter Reulein Laudato si' – Ein franziskanisches Magnificat (premiere) Peter Reulein
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis
  • Vocalensemble Liebfrauen
  • Cappuccinis

Ensemble Colorito
  • Marina Herrmann
  • Janina Moeller
  • Anna Metzen
  • André Khamasmie
  • Johannes Hill
  • Johannes Schröder (organ)
16 September 2018 Abendlob[44]
  • Stanford
  • Mozart
  • (Taizé)
  • Wood
  • Rimski-Korsakov
  • Rheinberger
Chor St. Martin Andreas Richter, organ
8 December 2018 Weihnachts-Oratorium[45] J. S. Bach
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis

Nassauische Kammerphilharmonie
18 September 2019 Marienvesper[46] Monteverdi Vespro della Beata Vergine
  • Chor St. Martin
  • Martinis
  • Schola Cantorum Gallensis

Capella San Marco


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External links

  • Media related to St. Martin (Idstein) at Wikimedia Commons
  • St. Martin Idstein website
  • St. Martin Idsteiner Land website
  • Katholische Kirche St. Martin (in German, pictured)
  • Gründungsvereinbarung der Pfarrei St. Martin - Idsteiner Land (in German) St. Martin 2017
  • Ökumene: In Idstein sind sich Protestanten und Katholiken so nah wie kaum irgendwo Wiesbadener Kurier 14 June 2017
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