The Organ of the Mary the Virgin Church in Budapest
Budapest is the capital of Hungary, with a population of 1,752,286 and is thus the ninth largest city in Europe. 

The Church of the St Mary the Virgin (University Church) is located in the city center.

The church was built by the only Hungarian-founded order, the Order of St Paul the First Hermit, on the site of a demolished mosque in 1723. The architect was András Mayerhoffer, who was one of the outstanding figures of Hungarian Baroque architecture. The church was built for a very long time and was not completed until 1771. This church was the central church of the Paulines. After the Pauline Order was dissolved in 1786, the church became the property of Pázmány Péter University. Since the church is still owned by the university, the common language is known as the University Church.

The first organ of the church was completed in 1791. It was a two-manuals organ. Unfortunately, in 100 years, this organ has been completely destroyed and its disposition has not survived. Only the organ cabinet remained. 

The new organ was built by the Rieger organ factory in Budapest from 1910 to 1915. This organ had 3 manual, 57 stops, pneumatic systems. The disposition of the organ was designed by Aladár Zalánffy, and the neo-baroque organ cabinet was made by Ernő Foerk.In 1942-43 the disposition of the organ was changed to a lesser extent, based on the plans of Ferenc Gergely. 

Between 1970 and 1972, the organ was significantly expanded according to the plans of Ferenc Gergely, István Koloss, László Bucsi and László Fehér. The original baroque organ cabinet, which had been empty until then, was incorporated and this became the Brust-positive work (fourth manual). The organ was expanded to 71 stops and the pneumatic system was partially replaced by an electric tractura. This work was carried out by the Organ-building of the Metropolitan Craft Company, which was the successor to the Rieger. 

The Pécs Organ Manufactura (POM) carried out the general repair and cleaning of the organ in 2003, when the Tompete 8 'register, which was missing from the pedal, was installed.

The organist László Gesztesi-Tóth obtained the permission to record the organ, and he deals with the distribution of the sample in Hungary. The processing of the recording was made very difficult by the fluttering noise generated by the electromagnets. I got good ideas from Samuel Sleath and Fred de Jong to remove this noise. Without their help, nothing would have been out of this sample. The following friends helped me to make and publish the sample set (in alphabetical order): Dominique Dantand, Gérard Lefranc, Nagy István and Jean-Pierre Silvestre. If something's done well, it's thanks to them. Thank you for their work.

Sample quality 
The sample sets are available in wave format 48kHz/24bit, multiple loops (1-8) and multiple releases (3 levels). Equal, a=440 Hz                

The sample was prepared in 2-channel stereo front-near, 2-channel stereo front-far, and 6-channel (near-far-rear) surround versions.

The reverb is 4.5 s, reflects he original acoustics of the church.

Hauptwerk v4.2 or v5-6 supported for the Organ Definition Files.

Keyboards, Pedal 
The original and virtual organ compass of the manuals are 61 keys, the compass of the pedal is 32 keys.

RAM requirements (GB)

2 channels sztereo

6 channels surround


16 bit

24 bit

16 bit

24 bit

Mary the Virgin, Budapest





The data is for information only. They depend on the operating system and other apps.

Pedal  (original and virtual 32 keys) – 17 stops

Bourdon 32’ Prinzipalbass 16', Violinbass 16’ Subbas 16'

Grossquint 10 2/3’, Oktavbass 8', Cello 8’, Pommer 8’

Gedacktquint 5 1/3’, Choralpfeife 4’, Nachthorn 2'

Hintersatz 5 1/3' 5f, Mixtur 2' 4f,

Kontrafagott 32’ Pousane 16' Trompete 8', Clairon 4’

I. Positivwerk (original and virtual 61 keys) – 11 stops

Gedackt 8’, Quintadena 8’, Gemshorn 4’, Hohfloete 4’

Nasat 2 2/3’, Oktav 2’, Terz 1 3/5’, Scharff 1 1/3’ 4f

Rankett 16’, Krummhorn 8’

Celesta 4’

II. Hauptwerk (original and virtual 61 keys) – 16 stops

Prinzipal 16', Gedackt 16’, Prinzipal 8’, Querfloete 8’, Gemshorn 8’

Salizional 8’, Oktav 4’, Rohrfloete 4’, Quint 2 2/3’, Superoktav 2’

Kornett 2 2/3’ 3-4f, Mixtur 2’ 5f, Mixtur 1’ 3f

Fagott 16’, Trompete 8’, Helle Trompete 4’          

III. Schwellwerk (original and virtual 61 keys) – 20 stops

Stillgedackt 16’, Hornprinzipal 8’, Konzertfloete 8’, Gamba 8’

Vox celestis 8’, Pommer 8’, Oktav 4’, Waldfloete 4’

Gemsnasat 2 2/3’, Kleinoktav 2’, Spitzfloete 2’, Terz 1 3/5’

Oberton 1 1/7’+8/9’ 2f, Mixtur 1 1/3’ 4f, Terz-zimbel 2/5’ 3f

Sordun 16’, Franzözische-trompete 8’, Schalmey-oboe 8’

Vox Humana 8’, Rohrschalmey 4’

IV. Brust-Positivwerk (original and virtual 61 keys) – 7 stops

Floetgedackt 8’, Prinzipal 4’, Blockfloete 2’, Superquint 1 1/3’

Siffloete 1’, Quint-zimbel ½’ 3f

Knopfregal 8’


original: I/Ped, II/Ped, III/Ped, IV/Ped, I/Ped super, III/Ped super

              III/I, IV/I, I/II, III/II, IV/II, III/II sub, III/II super, IV/III

virtual extension: II/Ped super, I sub, I super, III/I sub, III/I super

              IV/I super, I/II sub, I/II super, III. sub, III. super, IV sub, IV super


Original: I, III, IV

virtual: + II


original: III

virtual: + IV

Audio demos
Surround mode

Playing István Nagy and Jean-Pierre Silvestre

Stereo mode

Playing Istán Nagy, Andor Pecze and Jean-Pierre Silvestre
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Try the the demo sample sets before you buy!
The Trial Versions of the Organ of Mary the Virgin in Budapest has a limited compass of C2-C3 (048-c to 060-c) in the pedal, C2-G5 (048-c to 079-g) in the manuals. All other functions work. Before buying, I definitely recommend downloading and trying out the demo version. Then you can decide whether the sample set fits your ideas. My sample is not encrypted, so after buying and downloading the sample, there is no way to refund the money.

Free download the Hauptwerk demo sample sets:

Mary the Virgin in Budapest demo version
Install the package01 then the package02 finally the package03. It is important to sort. 

After installing the first pack, you can use the stereo-far demo version. After installing the second pack, you can use the stereo-near version. Finally, after installing the third pack, you can use the 6-channel surround version.

The Hungarian distributor of the sample set of Mary the Virgin in Budapest is László Gesztesi Tóth. That is why I ask Hungarian buyers and interested parties to contact him. Only foreign (non-Hungarian) customers have the opportunity to order and pay for the sample on this website!
A budapesti Kisboldogasszony (Egyetemi) templom Hauptwerk mintájának magyarországi forgalmazója Gesztesi Tóth László. Ezért kérem a magyar vásárlókat és érdeklődőket, hogy vele vegyék fel a kapcsolatot. Ezen a honlapon csak a külföldi (nem magyar) vásárlóknak van lehetősége a mintát megrendelni és kifizetni!

Buy the full the Mary the Virgin in Budapest sample set (You can pay in dollars or euros.)

199 EUR
241 USD