Baumgartner organ from Gelence (Transylvania)
                                                                                History
Gelence (Ghelința) is a village in Transylvania near Kézdivásárhely. Population number 4600 of which 4400 Hungarian. 

The Roman Catholic Church of St. Imre was built around 1240. The frescoes were made in 1330, the cassette ceiling in 1628 and the painted board pictures decorating the chorus were made in 1760  


The organ was built by Johannes Baumgartner around 1750. Baumgartner was a German organ builder, he built several small organ with richly decorated ornaments, of which only very few remained. The organs of Baumgartner were "sounding jewelery boxes" with an unique sound. The organ was almost completely destroyed. It was restored in 2011by David Homolya's management and financial support. (Homolya Dávid is a Hungarian organist and musician living in Switzerland.) 

 

The recording was made with my friend Megyaszai László in spring 2017. The following friends helped me to make and publish the sample set (in alphabetical order)Dominique Dantand, Gérard Lefranc, Nagy István, Jos Quist and Adrian Wheal. If something's done well, it's thanks to them. Thank you for their work.  

Features
Sample quality 
The sample sets are available in wave format 48kHz/24bit, stereo, multiple loops (1-12) and multiple releases (3 levels).

The sample sets made ​​in two versions

The original version is 4-channel surround format. The tuning is equal, a=468 Hz but the installation package includes the original temperament file, which is similar as Werckmeister II. The sample is very dry due to the small temple space. 

The extended version is 6-channels surround format because I made two extra channels with a small artificial reverb. Its tuning is equal, a=440 Hz.  

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

Keyboards, Pedal 
The original instrument has one manual with 50 keys (C-c#3), no pedal. It has shortened lower octave. The original sample set has normal lower octave and include 52 keys.
The extended sample set contain two manual (which split Bass and Discant) and a pedal.   

RAM requirements (GB)

original

extended

 

16 bit

24 bit

16 bit

24 bit

Gelence

2.5

4

7

12

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

Original version

Extended version

Pedal  is not

 

Pedal 30 keys

Copula major 8', Copula minor 4', Choralbass  4'

Great 52 keys

Copula major 8', Copula minor 4', Principal 4', Mixtura, Superoctave 1', Quinte 1 1/3', Octave 2'

Great 52 keys

All stops are split.

Positiv  is not

 

Positive 52 keys

Same the first manual, all stops are split.

Couplers: is not

 

Tremulant: 

I

Tympani

D

Slider of Front - Rear volumen control

(only in the surround version!)

 

Couplers

II.sub, II. super, I+II, I+II super, P sub, P super, P+I

Tremulant

I, II

Tympani

D, C, F

Slider of Front - Rear - Rear echo volumen control

 

All expansion are only the organ own sound files!

Screenshots:  console of original version, console and controls of extended version

Pictures
So many photos were taken because I want to show the world the wonderful masterpieces that are hiding in this little village at the end of the world.
Audio demos

Playing Dominique Dantand, Nagy István, "Wimbomhof" and Júlia Krespay
Free Download


Alternative download link

This wonderful little organ is a gift for all of us.  


Surround vs Stereo mode

If you do not have a surround sound system, but there is enough memory (RAM), I suggest you also install the surround version. If you activate the front and rear stops too, then you will get a more compact and fuller sound than the simple stereo.

Guide: simple stereo from surround, how to?  


There are still many hidden treasures in Transylvania. But finding them will cost us money. 

Please support László Megyaszai's work so that we can prepare the sample sets for further Transylvanian organs.