The German government has created a proposal to have the country's organ music and organ-making traditions recognised on Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

An organ in a church in Münster, Germany.

With an estimated 50,000 organs in Germany, the country is thought to have the highest density of the instruments anywhere in the world, and has given rise to a number of key innovations in their manufacture over the centuries. Organs have long been associated with churches, and a spokesperson from Johannes Klais Orgelbau, a Bonn-based organ manufacturer, told Deutsche Welle newspaper that Unesco protection could help to keep the instrument's traditions alive, despite the “decreasing role” that the church plays in day-to-day life.

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