Organs and Organ Builders in Slovakia
1651 – 2006
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Johann Georg Schwarz

[Schwarz; Johann Georg]

* 8.4.1724, Kremnica
† 6.8.1763, Prešov

He was born into a woodworker's family. He trained as an organ builder in Prešov with Ján Korabinský; after completing his apprenticeship he continued with this master as a journeyman. When Korabinský died (August 20, 1747) Schwarz took over his workshop and on February 3, 1750 married his widow Zuzana, née Thomasinová. He became a master organ builder and a burgher of Prešov.

Organ builder’s workshop

We are not able to attribute much work to Ján J. Schwarz. Repairs to the organ in Kežmarok Lutheran church in 1756 clearly show, however, that Schwarz was, at least on the matter of specification, a progressive organ builder. All changes clearly led to darkening and thickening of the organ’s sound. Schwarz was probably the first Slovak organ builder to have available the Sesquialtera stop and was also one of the first Slovak organ builders to make available undulating stops.

Text: Marian Alojz Mayer