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Anton Bayr Weng [Back to Library]


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Builder: Anton Bayr
Country: Austria
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Manuals: 1
Pedalboard: Yes
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Date Built: 1774

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According to previous literature, Anton Bayr is said to have been born in Heidingsfeld (today's district of Würzburg), but there is no entry in the books. On May 10, 1745 he married in the Munich Church of Our Lady (today the cathedral), whereby his place of origin was given as "Weltingsfelden in Franckhen". This probably means today's Weldingsfelden, a district of Ingelfingen in the Hohenlohe district (Baden-Württemberg). In fact, Anton Bayr's baptism on February 21, 1715 was entered in the church books of Jagstberg, which belonged to Weldingsfelden.

Anton Bayr ran his organ building workshop in Munich and built numerous organs in Bavaria, including Weng until 1779. Here he built the organ in 1774 with one manual, pedal and 10 registers. In 1828 the first repairs were made by Anton Schwarzmayr, Wippenham/Innviertel. Franz Sales Ehrlich (Braunau am Inn) rebuilt the organ in 1870: New bellows system and new console with a view of the high altar. In 1911 the organ was repaired again, with 5 new registers (Gamba 8′, Principal 8′, Philomele 8′, Bordun 8′, Octavbass 8′) being installed. The instrument was exempt from the obligation to pay the prospectus pipes in World War I because they had been painted over beforehand and were therefore considered inferior. In 1941 Matthäus Mauracher (Salzburg) repaired the organ again and installed an electric fan. A last repair was done in 1970 by Gottfried Seitz, St. Florian near Linz. He converted the short octave into a chromatic sequence of notes from E and replaced the philomela 8′ with a flute 4′. Since then the organ has fallen into disrepair and become increasingly unplayable. In 2008, an organ building association was founded that aimed to reactivate the organ, although another 10 years passed before the organ question was taken up again due to the pending church renovation. In the process, the historical value of the organ was also recognised, as in Weng it was one of three surviving instruments made by Anton Bayr, although that in Weng still had 60% of the historical pipe material. It quickly became clear that one should strive for a return to the original state, several organ building workshops from all over Europe were asked for an offer. Ultimately, the company Orgelbau Edskes from Switzerland was awarded the contract. In the process, the historic case was also restored and the crowning clock started again. The restored instrument was inaugurated on July 10, 2021.

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