Rwolff Posted March 4, 2021 Share Posted March 4, 2021 Last year I became interested in following a Slovakian organist who does very good videos for his youtube channel, since I never heard any of the music he played in the services he recorded, I decided to find the books he was using. There was another channel I followed of a Hungarian boy which further expanded my interest to the book he was using that likewise I had never heard the music before, and it was also different from the Slovakian books. After a lot of work I found which specific books they were, and located the organist editions which was even more of a challenge, especially trying to navigate foreign web sites, resorting to google translate in one window and the stores' site in another to figure out what links were for ordering etc etc. Here's what I found; The 1936 Slovak book "JKS" "Jednotny Katholicky Spevnik" (translated roughly to English it is the "Uniform Catholic songbook" ) by Spolok Vojtecha, 565 pages. "SKS" the 1918 book "Slovensky Kalvinsky Spevnik" free scan download, https://archive.org/details/slovenskykalvi00slov/page/n6/mode/1up unable to find print version "SZVU" the Hungarian book (Szent vagy, urami! ) ISBN# 963-360-361-7 Harmat Artur and Sik Sandor, Budapest Purchased used from Antikvarius books in Hungary "EE" the book "Eneklo Egyhaz", purchased new from a bookstore in Budapest Hungary The JKS book was very high quality, a beautiful book with bright clean music and pages, almost all on one page or two with few page turns needed, out of the approx 600 hymns in it I only recognized maybe less than 5 or 6, so it was all new material to me to practice with as were the others. One of my favorites from the JKS book is #48 which has a melody that both hints at "Twinkle twinkle little star" and part of the pedal line in Pachelbel's Canon, about 3/4 of the music was composed by the author/ Here is JKS #48 as an example; Parish Church of St. Bartholomew (Myslava) One-manual with pedals and a mechanical action of 10 registers, Rieger Testverek, Budapest, Opus 846. Another favorite I like is this one, on a different organ; Builder's plate; "Tattinger Ferene organ and harmonium epito vallalate Ersekujvar" 2 manual Console view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dlv0kCnbYKc I have been unable to find much out about these organs, and this organist plays at least 7 or 8 different ones regularly, what I did learn was most seem to date to ca 1900 or earlier, they retain their tracker actions and haven't been "messed with" One in Hungary has a single manual and the smallest console I ever saw, and its from about 1872 by Franz Stramer Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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