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Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Episcopal
1047 Amsterdam Ave./112th St.
New York City: Manhattan, New York 10025

Great Choir

OHS Database ID 19661.

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Status and Condition

Renovation, restoration, or revision is in progress.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 14, 2007.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 7 divisions. 95 stops. 115 registers. 141 ranks. 8035 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in side chambers at the front of the room, with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system. Flat radiating pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Combination action thumb pistons. Hitchdown couplers.

Notes

  • Identified through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
    Rebuild of Skinner Op. 150, with significant additions. (Database Manager. November 19, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from Joseph Tuttle. -- Despite being only 141 ranks in the largest gothic cathedral in the world, the organ is remarkably effective. The State Trumpet at the West End (substituting a full Antiphonal as a result of a financial crunch) is considered to be among the top five loudest stops in the world, operating on 50" wind pressure, and was restored by Austin Organs in the mid 1990's. The console is detached, located in a loft above the south choir stalls below south organ tower, making the organist invisible to the congregation. Instrument suffered heavy water and smoke damage as a result of a fire on December 18, 2001 which destroyed the Cathedral's unfinished North Transept. It was removed in mid 2005 and shipped to Quimby Organs of Warrensburg, Missouri, where it is currently undergoing cleaning and restoration to its 1954 condition. Reinstallation is expected to take place around December of 2008. The Cathedral also houses other organs by E. M. Skinner organs and Casavant, and the crypt once contained an organ by Hutchings. (Database Manager. February 13, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from Andrew Kryzak. (Database Manager. February 14, 2007)

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Bibliography

  • Blanton, Joseph. The Organ in Church Design. (Albany, Texas: Venture Press, 1957), [0]

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  • Stoplist from Factory Specification via Larry Trupiano
    New York City, New York
    Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Episcopal
    
    Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co.   Opus 150-A   1951         4 manuals, 95 stops, 141 ranks
    ____________________________________________________________________________________
    
             GREAT ORGAN                                SWELL ORGAN
         16' Montre                   61            16' Contra Gamba *           73
         16' Quintaten                73            16' Bourdon *                73
          8' Principal                61             8' Geigen Principal         73
          8' Diapason **              79             8' Viole de Gambe           73
          8' Viola *                  61             8' Viole Celeste *          73
          8' Hohl Flute *             61             8' Salicional *             73
          8' Holz Gedackt *           61             8' Voix Celeste *           73
          8' Erzähler *               61             8' Gedeckt                  73
          8' Quintaten (fr. 16')      --             8' Spitzflöte *             73
      5 1/3' Quint                    61             8' Flute Celeste            68
          4' Principal **             61             8' Unda Maris II *         146
          4' Octave **                61             4' Prestant                 61
          4' Spitzflöte *             61             4' Violina *                61
          4' Flute Couverte           61             4' Flauto Traverso *        61
      2 2/3' Twelfth                  61             2' Octavin                  61
          2' Doublette **             61            IV  Plein Jeu               244
          2' Fifteenth                61        III-IV  Scharff                 220
         II  Sesquialtera            122            16' Contra Fagotto *         61
     III-VI  Plein Jeu               294             8' Trompette                68
     V-VIII  Grande Fourniture       368             8' Cornopean *              68
         IV  Kleine Mixtur           244             8' Oboe *                   61
        III  Cymbel                  183             8' Voix Humaine *           61
         16' Fagot                    61             4' Octave Trumpet *         61
                                                     4' Clairon                  61
             CHOIR ORGAN                                Tremulant
         16' Sanftbass *              73 
          8' Viola Pomposa            73                BOMBARDE ORGAN (floating)
          8' Viola Celeste            73          V-IX  Tierce Mixture          376
          8' Concert Flute *          73            16' Bombarde                 61
          8' Nason Flute *            73             8' Trompette Harmonique     61
          8' Dolcan *                 68             4' Clairon Harmonique       61
          8' Dolcan Celeste (TC) *    56
          8' Dulcet II *             146                WEST END (floating)
          4' Montre                   68             8' State Trumpet (50" wp)   61
          4' Koppelflöte              61
      2 2/3' Rohr Nasat               61                PEDAL ORGAN 
          2' Blockflöte               61            32' Open Bass *              68 
      1 3/5' Terz *                   61            32' Contra Violone *         44
      1 1/3' Larigot *                61            16' Open Bass *     (32' OB) --
          1' Sifflöte *               61            16' Contre Basse             32
        III  Grave Mixtur            183            16' Violone *       (32' OB) --
        III  Zimbel                  183            16' Montre                   GT
         16' English Horn             61            16' Contra Gamba             SW
          8' Cromorne                 61            16' Bourdon                  SW
          8' Clarinet *               61            16' Sanftbass                CH
          4' Trompete                 68            16' Quintaten                GT
             Tremulant                          10 2/3' Quintaten                GT
             Harp                     pf             8' Principal                32
             Zimbelstern               5 bells       8' Montre                   GT
                                                     8' Flute Harmonique (32' OB)--
             SOLO ORGAN                              8' Cello III ***            96
          8' Flauto Mirabilis *       61             8' Gedeckt Pommer           32
          8' Harmonic Flute *         73             8' Quintaton                GT
          8' Cello *                  73             4' Choral Bass              32
          8' Cello Celeste *          73             4' Montre                   GT
          4' Hohlpfeife *             61             4' Nachthorn *     (32' OB) --
          2' Doppel Flöte *           61             2' Blockflöte *             32
          8' Flügel Horn *            61            IV  Mixtur                  128
          8' French Horn *            73            IV  Scharff                 128
          8' Vox Baryton *            61            32' Contre Bombarde (ext BO) 12
             Tremulant                              16' Ophicleide *             56
          8' Tuba Major *             61            16' Bombarde                 BO
          4' Tuba Clarion **          73            16' Contra Fagotto           SW
             Chimes                   pf             8' Trumpet *   (16' Ophic.) --
                                                     8' Bombarde                 BO
                                                     4' Clarion *   (16' Ophic.) --
                                                     2' Rohr Schalmei            32
     
          *  retained or revoiced from Skinner Op. 150
         **  double treble
        ***  replaced by 8' Spitzflöte (1963)
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2016-11-17]
    
    
  • Click Here Stoplist from Factory Specification via Larry Trupiano Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.