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William H. Barnes View Extant Instruments View Instruments

Distinction:

Chicago, Illinois 1930s-1970s.
Classification: Employee or Independent Contractor

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March 17, 2016:

Note from the Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, June 20, 2017. -

William H. Barnes was the author of The Contemporary American Organ, a popular text on American pipe organbuilding which went through several printings. He was a proponent of the eclectic electro-pneumatic style organ and was not enthused by the return to the "Bach organ" movement which gradually took hold in the 1960s and continued through the 1970s.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

October 30, 2004:

From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). -

Born c. 1893; organ architect, author, and consultant in Chicago, Illinois; died 11 Oct. 1980.

Sources:

  • Boston Organ Club Newsletter, 127:4.
  • Social Security Death Index.
  • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.
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We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 29, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 1 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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