Organs and Organ Builders in Slovakia
1651 – 2006
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Vincent Možný

[Možny, Možný, Mozsny, Mozsni, Mozsonyi; Vincenz, Vince, Vincze]

* 22.7.1844, Želeč (today Czech Republic)
† 19.8.1919, Bratislava

He trained as an organ builder with Martin Šaško sen. in Brezová pod Bradlom. According to data in the contemporary press he served in Šaško's workshop for about 10 years, first as an apprentice, afterwards as a journeyman probationer. In 1869 he is mentioned as Šaško's journeyman. About 1875 he set up independently and opened a workshop in Nitra, where he married the widow Anna Kubová. The marriage remained childless. From 1880 he lived and worked in Bratislava. In 1914 he ceased his activity. He died of heart disease.

Organ builder’s workshop

Vincent Možný was one of the most productive and best-known Slovak organ builders of the second half of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. There are many reports of him in the contemporary literature (the first is from 1877). We do not have more detailed information about his workshop. We know that from 1891 Konštantín Bednár was training there and remained working with Možný after serving his time, ultimately taking over the workshop in 1915. Judging by the number of newly-built organs produced one can assume, however, that Možný also had other organ builders working for him. In V. Možný's work smaller, single-manual and pedal-less instruments predominate. According to the available sources, he built only five two-manual organs. The smallest of them is the practice organ for the composer Franz Schmidt from 1908, which has only 9 registers (4 + 3 + 2). The largest is the 34-register organ (15 + 9 + 10) for St. Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava.

Text: Marian Alojz Mayer