The organ of St. Bartholomäus church in Friesach was built by Orgelbau Eisenbarth from Passau (Germany) in the year 2000. At first the organ was built as a two manual instrument with 38 stops, later the Solowerk was added. Due to its size and sound it counts as one of the most important organs in Carinthia (lower Austria).
The instrument has a rather unusual concept. There is a solid Hauptwerk with the Praestant 16' as its base. As its counterpart, the rather big Schwellwerk takes its place in the middle of the instrument. It functions as a French Récit (noticeable through it's reeds and the Cornet décomposé), as well as a baroque Positiv under expression (noticeable with the Kleine Quinte and high pitched mixture). With this concept, it was possible to build a third manual as a rather unusual Solowerk in a typical French style. This division includes two voluminous and round flutes, as well as a solo Cornet á Pavillon 8', and least but not last, a Trompette en chamade 8'. Initially a Cor Anglais at 16' pitch would have been the last rank to be installed in that division, but in the end an Englisch Horn 8' was the final stop chosen for the instrument. The Pedal functions as a universal support to the rest of the organ, which takes the Untersatz 32' as its base. The Posaune 32' was artificially added in this sampleset. The voicing is rather strong, but suiting for the big, cathedral-like building it is situated in, which was built in 1187 (it was enlarged and changed many times after fire in 1298, 1557, 1582, 1673, 1804 and 1895). Furthermore, the organ has a Setzer combination system with dual action for the registers, while the keyboards have tracker action. The original range of the Pedal is from C to f1 (extended to C-g1 in the sample set) and in the manuals from C to a3 (extended to C-c4). There are also foot pistons for coupling and the sequencer.
Structure of the organ:
- Schwellwerk: situated in the middle of the organ case, which also has swell shades on the roof for better volume control and effect.
- Hauptwerk: on the left and right of the Schwellwerk, split into C and C# sides.
- Pedalwerk: situated behind the Hauptwerk, also divided into C and C# sides. Stop Untersatz 32' sits on its own windchest behind the main organ case.
- Solowerk: on top of the Hauptwerk and Pedal pillars, also split by sides, including the Trompette en chamade 8', which is clearly visible in the facade (starting from c). The Contrabaß 16' sits in the façade (together with the Preastant 16’ of the Hauptwerk).
Through the thoughtful tonal concept of this instrument it's possible to play pieces of many different epochs, be it Lübeck, Buxtehude, Bach, or music from French composers such as Franck, Widor or Dupré. At the same time the music of Messiaen, Mendelssohn, Ritter or Reubke also sound very authentic on this instrument.
Quinte 2 2/3'
Mixtur major 4-5f. 2 2/3'
Mixtur minor 4f. 1 1/3'
II / I
III / I
Nachthorn Gedackt 8'
Corno dolce 8'
Vox celeste 8'
Nazard 2 2/3'
Tierce 1 3/5'
Larigot 1 1/3'
Plein Jeu 4-5f. 2'
Scharff 4f. 1'
Trompete harmonique 8'
III / II
Cornet a pavilon 1-8f. 8'
Trompete en chamade 8'
Posaune 32' (extension)
I / P
II / P
III / P
To install the sample set, download these two files: ODF and package. Next install package first, afterwards install ODF. In case of updates, download only ODF file.
Version 1.03 fixes adjusting parameters in Pipe and rank voicing menu for noises ranks, fixes silent D note in P Contrabaß 16', replaced d by another pipe in the same stop and corrects tuning for C and D of Posaune 32'.
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Important: The sample set requires Hauptwerk software to work, version 4.0 or higher.
To install the sample set, simply select File/Install organ and temperament... in Hauptwerk's main menu and select downloaded file.
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Important: The sample set requires GrandOrgue software to work.
Please use the most current version.
To use the sample set, you need to extract downloaded file and open the file with .organ extension. If you can't extract downloaded file, please try to use 7-zip (for Windows).
Important: For best realism please uncheck option Release sample scaling, which is located on the first tab of Audio/Midi Settings.
GrandOrgue versions of sample sets usually comes in two versions, which vary in size of graphic interface. Sample set images are created prospectively to meet the requirements of displays with high resolutions. Legacy versions of GrandOrgue, contrary to Hauptwerk, had very poor image scaling algorithms, so resized graphic interface become uglier and illegible. Still, the size of the window doesn't fit to display resolution after first load of the sample set, so if it exceeds you need to resize it somehow. Window size should be saved for next organ loads. That's why I decided to make a version(s), which has smaller size (usually 70% of original), which should fit most of the modern displays.
The interface of every sample set for Hauptwerk contains tabs. Their counterpart in GrandOrgue are panels, which are accesible from main menu. This is the place where you find other pages of sample set, if they were provided.
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