Milí mecenáši a všichni příznivci stavby svatovítských varhan,
i přes současnou komplikovanou situaci v naší zemi a ve světe jsme se rozhodli uspořádat benefiční koncert pro svatovítské varhany a chceme Vás na tuto událost srdečně pozvat. Letošní ročník koncertu bude čtvrtý a také poslední před samotným slavnostním rozezněním varhan. Tomu bude odpovídat zcela netradiční charakter večera, který Vám v blízké době představíme. Během koncertu odkryjeme termín slavnostní inaugurace varhan, na kterou se všichni nesmírně těšíme. Nezapomeňte si rezervovat ve svém kalendáři termín koncertu, který se uskuteční v sobotu 21. 11. 2020 od 20:00 hod. a bude živě přenášen na ČT2. Během koncertu budou připraveny naše telefonistky přijmout Váš příslib daru a zobrazit jej na obrazovku. Sledujte náš web nebo Facebookovou stránku, kde později uveřejníme podrobné informace o koncertu.
I v letošním roce se v pátek 12. května v katedrále sv. Víta uskuteční tradiční celostátní akce Noc kostelů, na kterou Vás všechny chceme srdečně pozvat.
Program v katedrále začíná v 18:00 hod. mší svatou. V průběhu celého večera bude možné se zúčastnit prohlídky interiéru katedrály s odborným výkladem a navštívit zvonici a vyhlídkovou galerii velké věže.
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Všichni netrpělivě čekáme, až se otevřou hranice a bude možnost realizovat převoz svatovítských varhan ze Španělska do Prahy. Varhany mají však před sebou ještě dlouhou cestu a čeká nás ještě hodně práce, než je budeme moci slavnostně umístit na západní kruchtu katedrály a jejich zvukem rozeznít katedrální prostor.
O současných výzvách pro svatovítské varhany napsal Katolický týdeník a celý článek si můžete přečíst zde.
Dnešním dnem začínají Velikonoční svátky, a proto bychom Vám chtěli za všechny, kteří dávají své síly ke stavbě svatovítských varhan, popřát klidné a naplňující svátky prožité v kruhu Vašich nejbližších.
Přikládáme fotografii z velikonoční vigilie, na které lidé drží svíce symbolizující světlo uprostřed tmy - naději uprostřed beznaděje. Naděje je symbolem Velikonoc, jako křesťané máme naději, že po smrti nastane vzkříšení. Stejně jako máme nyní možnost obrátit svoji pozornost k naději, že bude svět zase v pořádku.
It would be difficult to find a structure in our country, which could be the equal of the cathedral of St. Vitus. It is a spiritual institution that shapes our relationship with the Creator. It is the first basilica in the country. Moreover, while it may be seen as a visual textbook of Christianity, at the same time it is at the crossroads of our history, where decisions were made about historical outcomes in our land. It is one of the greatest works of art in our country, which in a minute space, concentrates many artistic stages in many contexts. The cathedral is a visual witness to past events and helped to shape our own identity. It is also, however, a living organism, which evolved over half a millennium and even today is still not complete.
It is hard to imagine Prague today without the silhouette of the cathedral. And yet, this silhouette actually looked quite different until recent times. Half of the building (the nave) was missing and was not completed till 1929. The Metropolitan Church is such monumental work, that it will probably never be absolutely completed. Nevertheless, something very significant is missing to this day because, at the completion of construction, there were insufficient funds to install a new organ in the western choir loft of the cathedral. Several attempts have been made; all have been unsuccessful. Finally, today we have a new opportunity. It is up to us to in a time of peace and freedom to fulfill the legacy of our predecessors, in particular, that of the father of the nation, Charles IV and to ‘complete’ the cathedral.
The organ, because of its magnificence, is called the ‘king of instruments’. But is not the instrument of earthly kings for the organ speaks in the voice of God that sometimes gently whispers and infuses our soul with peaceful joy and at other times roars and thunders, sending shivers up our spine. The beauty of the organ lies in the fact that in spite of its monumentality it fulfills the word of Him who did not come to be served, but to serve. Anyone who listens to the music of the organ, is taught humility. It leads one to the art of listening and of harmonizing one’s relationship with his neighbor through singing and prayer. The organ leads us to a more genuine relationship not only with God, but also with our neighbor. For this reason, we want to work together to contribute to the glory of God, to the renown of St. Vitus Cathedral and to the further evolution of the famous musical traditions of our nation.
Dominik Duka OP, Cardinal Archbishop of Prague
The idea of the building of a new organ never disappeared completely: it repeatedly re-emerged, only to be postponed to more favourable times as a result of adverse society-wide events of the war years and also due to the post-war conditions.
A new instrument may be regarded as a testimony to the capabilities, experience and knowledge of the present generation as well as acting as a legacy to future generations.
The organ building company of Gerhard Grenzing is one of the most experienced companies in this field: it has successfully completed 220 restoration and building projects across continents.
After the project of a grand organ fell through when there were hardly 8 months left until the consecration of the temple planned for May 1929, architect Hilbert suggested the building of a “temporary” instrument with two manuals and 35 registers for the lower Wohlmut’s choir-loft. It was supposed to have been built by Josef Melzer whose “Czechness” wasn’t disputed by anyone.
Even after the instrument was extended by five registers already during the building, it was pointed out that such a small instrument would be in an acoustic shadow under the low vault and there were reasonable concerns that the project would end in disgrace. The cathedral chapter was well-aware of this and in spring 1929, it eventually agreed to provide extra funds to increase the number of manuals by one. It also permitted for the console to be built in such a manner as to enable future extensions of the instrument.
Since the time of the consecration of the St. Vitus Cathedral in 1369 all the way to the present day, tones of more than ten instruments have sounded under the cathedral’s vault.
It wasn’t only the “grand” organ that served for the accompaniment of Sunday Masses, celebrations and significant events, but smaller instruments for everyday use were also used.
Of some of these instruments we know only that they used to stand in the cathedral and perhaps also who acquired them. Other instruments are not only indelibly ingrained in the history of the cathedral, but they became known around the whole world for their size and monumentality.
The pipe organ is the largest and most complex musical instrument, which arouses big emotions more than any other instrument. Old records of chroniclers speak with great excitement about the sound which “resembles the peals of thunder, the quivers of a zither and the charm of the chimes”. For its size, but also its origin, it tends to be called a “royal” instrument. Up until the mid-18th century, it was considered the most complex machine that the man has ever conceived and built.
The organ went through thousand-years of development and it has a very long tradition in the European, that is, the Christian tradition, as a liturgical and in some regions also a concert instrument. Up to the present day, it saw one of its significant high points in Baroque. Inspired by many great artists and composers – let us mention Johann Sebastian Bach for all – the organ has progressed all the way to the largest musical instrument that is also extremely versatile.
The St. Vitus Organ Fund was established in accordance with Act No. 227/1997 Sb. by its registration into the fund registry administered by the Municipal Court in Prague, file ref. N 1123, on 19 March 2014.
The registration number of the fund is 02794471.
The bank account of the fund is 2109930876/2700.
Registered office: Hradčanské náměstí 56/16, 119 02 Prague 1 – Hradčany
Purpose of the fund: acquisition of a new representative organ for the St. Vitus Cathedral
Coordinator of the Organ for the Cathedral project
phone: +420 733 164 063
Members of the Managing Board:
Members of the Supervisory Board:
Project press agent
telefon: +420 734 335 438
Contact for others parties involved in the Organ for the Cathedral project:
Vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board
telefon: +420 737 215 326
Bohemian Heritage Fund
The Society of St. Vitus Cathedral is a group of people who support the completion of the St. Vitus Cathedral and the construction of a new organ. The Society consists of the elected and recognized leaders in the world of science and art, politics, and public affairs, economy, culture and professional chambers, which hearkens back to the previous Association for the Completion of the Cathedral that was responsible for the most recent addition to the cathedral in 1929. Cardinal Duka requested the Association to form a BOHEMIAN HERITAGE FUND which brings together private patrons of Czech culture.
Cardinal Dominik Duka | Honorary Chairman
Generálporučík Ing. Josef Bečvář, Chief of the General Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic
Doc. PhDr. Mikuláš Bek, Ph.D., Chancellor of Masaryk University in Brno
Prof. MgA. Jan Burian, Director of the National Theatre
Ing. Vladimír Dlouhý, CSc., President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic
Prof. Ing. Jiří Drahoš, DrSc.
Ing. Petr Dvořák, General Director of Czech Television
Ing. arch. Naděžda Goryczková, General Director of the Institute for National Monuments
Ing. Jaroslav Hanák, President of the Association for Industry and Transport
JUDr. Michal Hašek, President of the Council of Regions of the Czech Republic
Mgr. Daniel Herman, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic
Prof. Ing. Petr Konvalinka, CSc.,Chancellor of the Czech Technical University in Prague
Mgr. Karel Ksandr, General Director of the National Technical Museum
Ing. Pavel Kysilka, CSc., Vice President of the Czech Bankers Association
PhDr. Michal Lukeš, Ph.D., General manager of the National Muzeum
Mgr. František Lukl, MPA, President of the Association of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic
MgA. David Mareček, Ph.D., General Director of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
RNDr. Tomáš Paclík, Vice President of the BOHEMIAN HERITAGE FUND
JUDr. Pavel Smutný, President of the BOHEMIAN HERITAGE FUND
Prof. MUDr. Tomáš Zima, DrSc., Chancellor of Charles University in Prague
Mgr. René Zavoral, Czech Radio Director General