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Czech Republic, a powerhouse in organ music

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This year, the 17th Organ Festival will present around 70 concerts throughout the Czech Republic. The public will have the opportunity to see a series of ancient machines up close and learn about their history.

Adam Victora |  Photo: Dana Josevova, Cesky Rozlas

“The goal of the festival is to disseminate historical musical compositions, highlight their cultural importance, aesthetic and religious value, and contribute to their preservation for future generations.”said organist Adam Victora, founder and artistic director of the festival.

He added that there are about 10,000 historical objects in the Czech Republic today. “Each instrument has an unmistakable sound and a unique technical system. Different acoustic conditions also play a major role. We organized this festival to revive these marginalized gems,” Victora emphasized.

The director emphasizes that the festival gives importance to the younger and less famous members. “Thanks to the festival, you can hear instruments known only from specialized literature, whose sound usually cannot be appreciated in public.” He said.

“Few people know that the Czech Republic has the largest number of organs per capita, so we can declare ourselves a world power in this regard. These instruments are indispensable witnesses of bygone eras, and their sound has reached our ears for centuries.Victoria added.

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Photo: Romana Bakakova, Cesky Rozlas

The organist will perform at the festival with other excellent musicians such as the Czechs Vladimir Rubal, Jaroslav Toma and Jörg Andreas Boettischer from Switzerland.

The festival, which has been running since May, is scheduled to end on December 29. You will find the full program on the website ceskevarhany.cz.

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