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#1958414 - 09/13/12 03:45 PM Re: Organ-spotting in Romania [Re: ROMagister]  
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The Romanian Repertoire of Pipe Organs, made by the West University, Timişoara is now accessible publicly from the web:

http://www.monografia-orgilor.uvt.ro/

It also points to an e-book with pictures of all of them, and some introduction in Romanian and English. No dispositions, those are searchable online from the site above.

The Lutheran (Evangelic by Augsburg Declaration) community of German Saxons also keeps a more recently maintained directory of their organs:
http://orgeldatei.evang.ro/

#2115174 - 07/09/13 02:08 PM Re: Organ-spotting in Romania [Re: ROMagister]  
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Last year (2012, June 16th), the Lutheran community of Sibiu (Hermannstadt), Romania led by organist Ursula Philippi organized, like they did in many cities of Germany and the world, a Walk to Organs (Orgelspaziergang). It turned out truly wonderful !

http://hermannstadt.evang.ro/nachrichten/news/908/88/5c198a9401/?tx_ttnews%5BpS%5D=1234836286 (in German)

Most were around the city and we literally walked to them, following a pipe-depicting flag, some were in nearby villages and a tourist bus moved us. A group of about 35 people, mostly nostalgic Saxons returning briefly from Germany.

Some 9 organs to see and hear played by advanced students and a few guests. An US pastor and... me. I was not too proud of my performance there of "my" Passacaglia for Europe improvisation. Pneumatic action (again!) broke my quick-correcting feedback link... Also voice, clarinet and cello students. (We have a Sissel equivalent!)

I have so much data and stories on that, so that a new forum Topic may be warranted. Unfortunately, I had poor Net access some time after that, so I didn't write it.

#2117518 - 07/14/13 02:04 PM Re: Organ-spotting in Romania [Re: ROMagister]  
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This year's little trip to Transylvania - the zone historically known as Ţara Făgăraşului ("Country" of Făgăraş) - north of the Făgăraş mountain range, also known as the Transylvanian Alps. Reached via a really spectacular road, named Transfăgărăşan - 1970's investment under Ceauşescu as dictator.

Cârţa (Kerz in German) Lutheran church - Smaller organ in the nave

Mechanical action. 1 manual, 49 keys (C2-C6), slightly narrower than modern keys.
"White" keys are dark brown wood, "black" are light brown wood.

Gedackt 8'
Traversflöte 8'
Flöte 4'
Salicet 4'
Oktavbaß 8' [Not working]
Subbaß 16' [Not working]
(dummy piston)
Superoctave 2'
Quint 1 1/3'
Mixtur 3f
Pedal Koppel [Not working]
Ein/Aus

Looks a moderately recent refurbishment of a veteran organ, ~1800. The original seemed not to have pedals. An unconnected pedalboard, already well weathered (recovered from another organ?) was stowed below some pews in the back [25 keys, C2-C4] with holes in the base of the main unit matched to receive connecting rods. The pedal upgrade was started then canceled.

In almost good shape and tuning now. Very quick response. I played a much better variant of my Passacaglia than in my last adventure (It's never the same!]. Adjusting of course for the fewer high keys - I folded back my perpetuum-mobile cycles earlier.
The Salicet 4' is the tonal heart of this organ, more like a harmonic-rich Principal than the string-flute hybrid usual with this name, and alone has subjective power like all the other stops combined. Gedackt, the flutes, quint and mixture are quite gentle. They blend very nicely.

Up in the balcony there is a larger organ, said to be not repairable for a long time. Looks like a ~1900 Romantic, pneumatic-action remake of an even older organ.
This is becoming a pattern all over Romania. Smaller antiques are easier to keep in some use. Most pneumatics - now kaputt.


Făgăraş (Fogarasch in German) Lutheran church - Smaller organ in the nave.

Mechanical action. 1 manual, 45 keys (E2-C6 apparently but with short octave layout, really C2-C6), slightly narrower. No pedals. Before 1800 ?
"White" keys are dark brown wood, "black" are light brown wood.

PRINcipal 4'
OCTave 2'
QUINT 1 1/3'
MIXTUR 3f
FLAUTA 4'
FLAUTA 8'

No electric blower on this one, just a large pedal on the side for a Calcant to step on. Moving indicator of remaining air volume - pressure being kept constant by weights over the bellows.
Principal is louder than the organ in Cârţa. I didn't have as good reflexes for this Short octave bass (E becomes C, F# becomes D, G# becomes E, A# remains A# or Bb).

Up in the balcony - yet another larger organ, said to be working but not as well. Only the smaller organ is currently in use for the 15 or so Saxon Germans still regularly attending.

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