Organs and Organ Builders in Slovakia
1651 – 2006
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Ján Veit

[Veit, Vest, Fest; Ján, Johannes]


* about 1630, Banská Bystrica
† date unknown, place unknown

He worked as an organ builder in the 1660s and '70s in Banská Bystrica. According to contemporary documents the woodworker (arcularius) Joaannes Vest was accepted as a burger of Banská Bystrica on February 6, 1660, but it is not certain that this is the organ builder Ján Veit. In 1671 he migrated to the town of Sibiu in Transylvania (now Romania).

Organ builder’s workshop

Juraj Demicher and Joachim Resch trained as organ builders with Ján Veit. In 1668 – 1671 with both his journeymen he built a single-manual organ for the Lutheran church in Prešov. His most significant opuses, however, were created in Transylvania, where he migrated when he built the three-manual organ for the Lutheran church in Sibiu. The instrument, which was completed in 1673, was probably the only baroque three-manual organ in all of contemporary Hungary. It had around 2,790 pipes and cost 6,193 sovereigns. Since 1915 the 80-register instrument of the Frankfurt firm W. Sauer, with electro-pneumatic tracker action, has stood in place behind the original screen.

Text: Marian Alojz Mayer

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The organ case by J. Veit in the Lutheran Church in Prešov.