MusingMuso Posted August 12, 2007 Share Posted August 12, 2007 As I slowly plough through various bits and pieces from Central and Eastern Europe, as part of my on-going study of that area, and its music, I come across things which mean very little to me. This week, I was reading a small book my brother had brought back from Hungary, about the Basilica of Eger: a rather immense, neo-classical building from the 19th century. Here is what was written: The first great organ was built in 1863/4 by Bishop Bela Bartakovics. It was a Mooser-type instrument, comissioned in Salzburg, with three-manuals and 52 stops. Although re-built many times, the organ has retainedf the original casework. In 1912, the mechanism was improved by the Angster firm of Pecs (pronounced Pesh). Between 1963 and 1966, the organ was completely overhauled by Jozsef Erdosi and Nandor Gonda of D=Budapest, so that to-day it is powerted by electricty (electric action, presumably). At the same time, the number of stops was increased to one hundred. (I think this refers to speaking stops, and with many mixtures; thus making this a very large instrument indeed). It was this organ which Zoltan Kodaly admired and knew so well. Now I am quite familiar with the work of Jozsef Angster, who had worked at St.Sulpice with Cavaille-Coll and taken many of the French master's ideas back to Hungary with him, but I've only once heard reference to Mooser, and know absolutely nothing about either Erdosi or Gonda of Budapest. Does anyone know anything about these people? MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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