The renewed instrument of the Kálvin square Reformed Church Hajdúböszörmény
Angster József&Son 1914 – AerisOrgona Kft. 2016
The history of the instrument
The organ of the Reformed Church was built in 1898 by the Angster József&Son Organ Factory. The instrument Op. 295 was constructed with 3 manuals, 33 stops and it worked on mechanic sliderchest. Angster used in this organ the Barker level last time, the stop action was pneumatic. In 1914, Angster József’s sons, Emil and Oskar reconstructed the organ into a pneumatic system, using the case and the whole pipestock, it’s number was Op. 890. This time the organ got new windchests and console, its stops’ number grown to 38, but 3 of them were not made. The instrument is significant from a historical point of view as well since this is the last product of the Angster factory’s zenith, the company’s last big organ before the 1st World War, which belongs among Europe’s most significant late romantic organs not only because of its construction method, but its sounding and artistic elaboration, too. However, the 20th century’s historical events did not favour the instrument’s condition. The bellows’ reconstruction was completed in 1943 and their electrification happened in 1944. The run-down organ was totally electrificated after decades without professional maintenance, so its sound’s substantive facilities has been totally terminated.
Having realized this, the Kálvin square reformed congregation made a decision which shows their unique cooperation: they reconstruct the organ’s condition of 1914 without any compromises, so the believers and the curious can leave the Kálvin square Church after a service or a concert today with the same musical-spiritual experience as anno their predecessors.
The highly incomplete, modified organ’s total reconstruction started in 2014 aiming to be reborn as it was in 1914.
All missing elements have been restored and replaced.
Reviving the past
Firstly in Hungary, the destroyed pneumatic action and console have been reconstructed, so the instrument got back its original features and artistic quality. In 2016 the reed-planned in 1914 but never finshed- have been installed based on the samples of that period, herewith fulfilling the Angster company’s original concept and enhancing the organ’s sound.
The instrument is especially significant, because this is Angster’s only 3-manual late romantic-style pneumatic organ from the era before the 1st World War which now sounds in its original form, and its full artistific worth – after an accurate reconstruction.