Organs and Organ Builders in Slovakia
1651 – 2006
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Joseph Seyberth

[Seybert, Seyberth; Josef, Joseph]

* date unknown, place unknown
† date unknown, place unknown

Viennese organ builder, who worked roughly in the years 1840 – 1860. Apart from Austria, we find his instruments also in other lands of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. In Slovakia he built two instruments (so far as is currently known): a two-manual organ for the Lutheran church in Poprad-Veľká and a smaller single-manual organ with a pedal in the Roman Catholic church in Čajkov. We know that in the years 1848 – 1864 Seyberth also entered a bid for repair of the organ in the Lutheran church in Prešov, but he was not successful.

Organ builder’s workshop

J. Seyberth's work is a combination of progressive (from the standpoint of the time) and archaic elements. The manual dimensions on both organs built in Slovakia correspond to what was then standard. Judged by the norms of the period, the pedal wind chests in both organs are progressive – both of them have register consoles. The pedal wind chest in Poprad-Veľká is spherical, and it is probably the first such wind chest built in Slovakia.

Text: Marian Alojz Mayer