The organ

The church of Zamárdi had a perfectly functioning organ constructed in 1786, but unfortunately, in the fights at Lake Balaton during the second world war, the Soviet troops put the organ on fire and stole the pipes.

The intention of organ building was announced by the priest György Kocsi at the consecration of the new bell on the 20th of August 2006. The project with the planning started in the spring of 2007 with the leaders of the company Pécsi Orgonaépítő Manufaktúra Kft. The planning and construction of the organ were realized in cooperation with Maitre Bertand Cattiaux the world-famous French organ builder. The organ cost 26,5 million forints, this amount was covered partly from the selling of the sites and partly from the donations of the faithful of Zamárdi and the vacationists. The payment of the price of the organ was effected on the 30th of June 2009.

The parts of the organ and the construction were realized by the experts of Pécs on the basis of instructions from Maitre Cattiaux. The tuning was made by himself in August 2009. The last two rows of tongue pipes were finished and tuned in Pécs in 2010. In the organ, there is a special Solocornett secondary register built in as well.

The parts of the organ and the construction were realized by the experts of Pécs on the basis of instructions from Maitre Cattiaux. The tuning was made by himself in August 2009. The last two rows of tongue pipes were finished and tuned in Pécs in 2010. In the organ, there is a special Solocornett secondary register built in as well.

The weight of the organ is 2340 kgs. The organ playing sliding box and the registers are completely manual system. The bellows motor and the two wedge blow pipes are placed behind the organ in the tower. The case of the organ, the playing case, the wind boxes and the wooden pipes are made of oak. The manuals are covered with bone and ebony. The tin pipes are of 10 and 80% alloys.

The organ has 1030 pipes, from which 37 are front pipes, 820 inner tin pipes, 63 wooden pipes and 110 tongue pipes. The height of the tuning is 415 Hz/ 18 °C. The building of the organ took 6500 working hours. The musical instrument is completely a Hungarian product, except for the bellows motor all parts are manufactured in the workshop of Pécsi Orgonakészítő Manufaktúra Ltd.

The construction of the organ started on location on the 16th of July 2009 and finished on the 18th of August with the hard work of the staff of Pécs and the French masters Bertrand Cattiaux and Laurent Anen. References of the French organ builders' and for the Hungarians can be found on the web-site.

For the construction of the organ it was necessary to do some additional repair-work. When an earthquake caused the vaulting to become cracked before the second world war, it was joined up with an iron rod. This connecting iron rod was very disturbing for the view of the organ. Thus, through the intervention of Professor János Lógó, the director of the company Pannon Freyssinet Máté Borbás offered as present a spanning steel cable for the church of Zamárdi. The engineer Tamás Woynarovich, Dr. Győző Drozdy and Zsolt Sovák helped at the installation of this structure. We do offer our gratitude for the great help. At the same time, the floor of the choir was replaced, the costs were covered from donations.

The organ was consecrated by Dr Nándor Takács, retired bishop of Székesfehérvár on the 27th of June 2010.

The two opening concerts were given on the same day by professors of the Budapest Academy of Music János Pálúr, István Ruppert, László Fassang, and the organist Péter Kováts. At the consecration of the organ and at the concerts the French masters and the staff of the organ builders of Pécs were present as well.

The French baroque organ of Zamárdi is the first of its kind in Hungary and even in Central Europe. The organs built before were of German baroque, these were not really convenient for playing French baroque pieces. Our new organ, by contrast, is suitable for playing both French and German pieces.

"The project of the organ of Zamárdi was realized thanks to the dedication of the priest György Kocsi, his love of music, determination and sustained efforts of fund-raising. It is no exaggeration to say that the organ of Zamárdi opens a new period in the culture of organ, in the ecclesiastical music, in high-level education and in the concert life of Hungary", said János Pálúr, professor of the Academy of Music.

"This organ is a veritable landmark in the life of Hungary's organ music. The new musical instrument is the first in Hungary to be suitable for playing French organ pieces of the 17th and 18th centuries."

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