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Costa Serina [Back to Library]

Producer: Andrea Bonzi
Builder: Costanzo Antegnati
Country: Italy
Manuals: 1
Pedalboard: No
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Date Built: 1607


he organ of the parish church of S. Lorenzo di Costa Serina has a very long history, during which it has been enriched with historic stratifications, all of a high quality level, which make it a veritable compendium of Lombard organ art from the 16th century. XVII up to the XX.

It was built in 1607 by Costanzo Antegnati for the convent of S. Agostino in Bergamo; it was then enlarged by Giuseppe I Serassi, founder of the great family of Lombard organ builders, in 1747 keeping the antegnatonic phonic body almost intact. In 1810, following the Innocenziana suppression of the convents wanted by the Venetian Republic, the convent was closed and its property sold at auction; among these the organ was purchased in 1828 by the parish of Costa Serina and installed there without modification going to replace an existing instrument, by an unknown author, placed in 1716.

In 1865 Egidio Sgritta was called for a substantial expansion work that gave the instrument its current appearance: manticeria, somiere and mechanical plant can be traced back to this intervention, which in any case maintained with a few modifications the pre-existing sound register to which registers were added " from concert "and typical accessories of the nineteenth century Lombard. In 1904 the organ was revised by Francesco Roberti of Bergamo, with a partial reform in the Czech direction. Other minor works were completed in 1940 and 1981 by the local artisan Lorenzo Adobati; in particular, the installation of a Celestial Voice register and a new console with concave radial pedals of 24 keys date back to his last intervention.

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