Abrahama Starka | Kostel sv. Jakuba Většího . Praha [Czech Republic]

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The organ of Kostel sv. Jakuba Většího was finished in 1705 by Abrahama Starka (1659-1709), after a fire in 1689 that consumed a great part of the church, causing serious damage. Initially the organ had two manual and pedal, accounting a total of 26 stops, with a short octave.

Some decades later, in 1754, František Katzer changes the short octave to broken octave (introducing F# and G#) and replaces a pedal mixture by a Posaune 16’.

In 1906 Josef Černý and Josef Rejna substitute the broken octave for a complete normal octave and change several stops. Later, in 1941, Jan Tuček proceeds with a great enlargement, installing several new romantic stops, two swell boxes and a completely new Laukhuff console alongside a new electropneumatic transmission system. At that time the organ had 75 stops controlled by three manuals and pedal. In 1956 Organa restores the organ to a more baroque sound, undertaking a new intonation of the entire organ.

In the beginning of the 80’s, from 1981 to 1982, Rieger-Kloss reconstructs the organ, with a complete restoration of the original Starka stops and a selection of the best romantic stops, enlarging the instrument to the current size, with 91 stops, in four manual and pedal. Finally, in 2011 Robert Ponča installs a new combination system allowing for 4000 different combinations.

 

1754 – organ changes by František Katzer
1906 – organ changes by Josef Černý and Josef Rejna
1941 – organ changes by Jan Tuček
1956 – organ changes by Organa
1981-1982 – organ changes by Rieger-Kloss
2011 – combination system installation by Robert Ponča

 

Positiv Hauptwerk Swell I Swell II Pedal
Kopula major 8′ Principál 16′ Tibia clausa 16′ Kvintadena 16′ Podstav 32′
Salicionál 8′ Burdonflauta 16′ Viola 16′ Kryt tichý 16′ Principálbas 16′
Principál 4′ Prestant 16′ Principál 8′ Principál rohový 8′ Subbas otevřený 16′
Kopula minor 4′ Principál 8′ Flétna dutá 8′ Principál houslový 8′ Subbas krytý 16′
Oktáva 2′ Kvintadena 8′ Flétna dvojitá 8′ Flétna harmonická 8′ Burdon 16′
Seskvialtera II Flétna barokní 8′ Fugara 8′ Burdon 8′ Viola 16′
Mixtura IV-V Gamba špičatá 8′ Kryt zpěvný 8′ Gamba jemná 8′ Kryt tichý (Ext) 16′ + 8′
Regál 16′ Oktáva 4′ Dolce 8′ Vox celestis II 8′ + 4′ Kvinta velká 10 2/3′
Roh basetový 8′ Oktáva italská 4′ Oktáva trychtýřová 4′ Oktáva 4′ Oktávbas 8′
Flétna dřevěná 4′ Flétna koncertní 4′ Flétna příčná 4′ Flétna basová 8′
Kvintadena 4′ Roh kamzičí 4′ Flétna něžná 4′ Princ. rohový (Transm) 8′
Salicet 4′ Kvinta flétnová 2 2/3′ Nasard 2 2/3′ Kvinta 5 1/3′
Kvinta 2 2/3′ Oktáva švýcarská 2′ Octavin 2′ Superoktáva 4′
Superoktáva 2′ Roh noční 2′ Flétna lesní 2′ Flétna trubicová 4′
Roh kamzičí 2′ Kornet sept. III-V Tercie 1 3/5′ Flétna zobcová 2′
Kvinta malá 1 1/3′ Mixtura V Larigot 1 1/3′ Mixtura VI
Píšťala šumivá IV-V Kvinta šelest II Flautino 1′ Bombard 32′
Mixtura barokní VI Fagot 16′ Plein jeu V-VI Pozoun 16′
Španělská trubka 16′ Trompeta harm. 8′ Alikvoty III Fagot (Transm) 16′
Španělská trubka (Ext) 8′ Šalmaj trubicová 8′ Roh anglický 8′ Trompeta basová 8′
Trompeta 8′ Hoboj francouzská 4′ Hoboj 8′ Clairon 4′
Vox humana 8′
Klarina 4′
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