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AVO - Tihany [Back to Library]

Producer: Augustine's Virtual Organs
Country: Hungary
Manuals: 2
Pedalboard: No
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The Tihany peninsula is one of the most beautiful and spectacular points of Lake Balaton. The peninsula, famous mainly for its abbey, is surrounded by many legends.

The Benedictine Abbey was founded by King Andrew I of Hungary in 1055 in honor of the Virgin Mary and St. Aignan of Orleans. Of the ancient monastery, only the sub-church and the royal crypt remain. The current Baroque church was built between 1719-1754 in Baroque style. The organ and its surroundings, with 15 musical angels on the choir lattice, are one of the most beautiful monuments of Hungarian Baroque sculpture. These, as well as the magnificent wood carvings of the main altar and the pulpit, were made by Sebastian Stuhlhoff, who was the carpenter of the monastery.

The original organ was made by Johann Daniel Silbermann in 1765. The organ was one manual and 12 registers. This organ has served excellently for almost 200 years. In 1945, the II. in World War I the organ was hit by a grenade and its pipe-material was almost completely destroyed. In the communist era, a few-register, one-manual Angster organ was built into the intact organ house, which was expanded several times in the following decades. The current organ was built by the Aquincum organ factory in 1993. The disposition of the organ was designed by organists Lukács Áment and Gábor Trajtler. They considered the Silbermann organ in Grosshartmannsdorf as the basis for the design because they wanted to restore the sound of the original Tihany organ.

The following friends helped me to make and publish the sample set (in alphabetical order): Dominique Dantand, Gérard Lefranc, Nagy István, Jean-Pierre Silvestre and Adrian Wheal. If something's done well, it's thanks to them. Thank you for their work.

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