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Organ in the Fatra House of Arts


The organ of the Fatra House of Arts in Zilina is among the foremost instruments in Slovak concert halls. The organ was built by the firm of Rieger-Kloss in Krnov in 1988, their 3,605th organ, with registration planned by Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Klinda.  Thanks to the good acoustics of the hall and the broad registration of the organ, it is capable of a wide range of sounds, colors, dynamics and frequencies.  Built as a so-called “universal” organ, it can meet the needs of both the Baroque and the Romantic eras as well as the requirements for new compositions – suitable for music from the Renaissance to the present time.

There are 3,284 pipes of various types, designs and sizes, from the smallest, only a few millimeters in length, to the largest at 6 meters.  These provide a wide range of pitch options, from 30 Hz (Contra-C) to 8,000 Hz (C6), and dynamic range from ppp (extremely soft) to fff (extremely loud).  And when the entire organ is coupled with the rank of Spanish trumpets located directly over the organist, the instrument can make a mighty sound.

The keyboards have a large range of 61 keys (C-c4), and the pedals have 30 keys (C-f1).  From a design point of view, the organ has electrical control of the wind chest, mechanical trackers, electrical control of registers and electronic coupling of manuals.  While the mechanical trackers allow the organist accurate and comprehensive control, the electrical combination of trackers with 1980’s computer technologies makes the player’s work more comfortable.  The instrument has 32 computerized memories, plus other auxiliary devices.  The organ is tuned to 443 Hz at 20° centigrade.

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