Czestochowa / Jasna Gora, Basilika: Large organ


Czestochowa, Basilika


This organ was built by A. H. Casparini in 1723-1725. The organ had 33 stops. The stop-list in GOLOS (1992: 269) is cited from MEYER (1757) but provides 27 stops only. The stoplist as quoted below is after MEYER (1757). The organ had six stops in chamber pitch, in all probability to make it possible to play together with other instruments.

In 1829 a rebuilding by Ignacy Ziernicki was carried out. Again in 1850-1854 a (partial) rebuilding took place. In 1950, a totally new instrument was made by S. Truszczynski, thereby destroying the last remnants of the Casparini-pipework. However, large parts of the remaining pipes of the large Engler organ from Brieg (!) were reworked beyond recognition and put in this instrument.

Today, only the facade of the Casparini - organ remains. In hte years 2011-2012, the organ was being restored. It is unknown to me to what situation.
Detail pictures of the renovated organ.


haupt-Werck Die Brust Pedal
Principal von Zinn 8 Principal 4 Prinzipal Baß von Zinn 16
Quintadena 16 Flaut 8 Sub Baß von holz 16
Flauta 8 Quintadoen 8 Octav-Baß 8
Salicet 8 Klein Floet 4 Quint-Baß 6
Onda Maris 8 Gemshorn 3 Sup. Oct. B. 4
Octava 4 Sup. Oct. 2 Sedecim 2
Nacht-Horn 4 Sesquialtera II Mixtura V
Quinta 3 Cammer Quintadoen 8 Posaunen-Baß holtz 16
Super Octav 2 Cammer Flautdoese 4 Trompeten-Baß von Zinn 8
Tertia 1 3/5 Sub-Baß Cammer 16
Mixtura V Octav B. C. 8
Cammer-Floet 8
Cammer-Floet 4


This old photograph was kindly provided to me by Mr. Damian Wittchen. The picture dates from 1912 and the old "Rückpositiv" is still present. Also, pipes belonging to a kind of "Unterwerk" is visible on gallery level. This indicates that the organ might have possessed 3 Manuals upon time of its construction.

Czestochowa, Basilika


Czestochowa, Basilika