New York City, New York

Church of the Holy Communion, Episcopal


Skinner organ, Op. 185-A (1926) in the Church of the Holy Communion, Episcopal (New York City, NY)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Builder:        Skinner Organ Company
   Year:        1926
   Opus:        185-A
   
No. manuals:    4
No. stops:      47
No. ranks:      35
No. pipes:      2,224

Specification

             GREAT ORGAN                             SWELL ORGAN
         16' Bourdon             17 PED          16' Bourdon             61
          8' First Diapason      61               8' Gedeckt             61
          8' Second Diapason     61               8' Gamba               73
          8' Philomela          PED               8' Salicional          73
          8' Soft Flute          61               8' Voix Celeste (TC)   61
          8' Erzähler            61               8' Echo Dulcet         61
          4' Octave              61               8' Spitzfloete         61
          4' Flute               61               4' Flute               61
          2' Fifteenth           61           1 3/5' Tierce              58 a
          8' Tuba                SO             III  Mixture            183
                                                 16' English Horn (TC)   49
             CHOIR ORGAN                          8' Cornopean           61
         16' Gamba               61               8' Oboe                61
          8' Concert Flute       61               8' Vox Humana          61
          8' Quintadena          61                  Tremolo
          8' Unda Maris II      110
      1 1/3' Larigot             61                  PEDAL ORGAN
          8' Clarinet            61              16' Open Wood           32
             Tremolo                             16' Pedal Pipes          6 b
          8' Harp (TC)           61 bars         16' Bourdon             32
                                                 16' Second Bourdon      SW
             SOLO ORGAN                          16' Gamba               CH
          8' Philomela          PED               8' Octave              12
         16' Ophicleide          61 (in CH)       8' Gedeckt             12
          8' Tuba                61 (in CH)       8' Cello               CH
          4' Clarion             61 (in CH)       4' Bourdon             12
             Blank                               32' Bombarde             4 c
             Blank                               16' Ophicleide          SO
             Blank                                8' Tuba                SO
                                                  4' Clarion             SO

                                                  a  notes 1-33 are 2' pitch
                                                  b  CCC, CCC#, DDD, DDD#, EEE, AAA
                                                  c  GGGGG, AAAA, AAAA#, BBBB


Source: The American Organist, January 1931

Photo Source: Episcopal Diocese of NY Archives, via NYC AGO website

Notes: The organ was originally installed in 1911 with 29 ranks, a rebuild of the church's Roosevelt. Following are notes by the church's organist, Lynnwood Farnam, on some of the changes in the 1928 work:

1. The Pedal Pipes stop was added in the north transept in 1928 as a "booster" for certain pipes of the Pedal Open Wood, whose effect in the church is weak.

2. Pedal Bourdon 4' (formerly Quint 10 2/3') rewired to its present most useful purpose in 1925.

3. The four Bombarde pipes in the north transept, added in February 1929, in place of the four Bourdon 32' pipes.

4. Great Fifteenth 2' added December 1928, the pipes and chest being the gift of Mr. William H. Barnes of Chicago.

5. Swell Gamba replaced Diapason in 1924.

6. Swell Echo Dulcet added in 1928.

7. Swell Tierce (formerly Flautino 2') transposed pipes in treble.

8. Choir Larigot (formerly Piccolo 2') transposed pipes in treble.

9. All pistons move registers, excepting Great 5, 6, 7, which are adjustable at switch-board.

10. Crescendo pedal gives a moderate full combination without manual 16' tone.

11. The 16' tone on "Sforzando" pedal is provided by the coupler 16' Swell to Great, none of the straight 16' manual stops being included.

Organ Historical Society Database: http://database.organsociety.org/SingleOrganDetails.php?OrganID=22124