Williamstown, Massachusetts

Williams College — Grace Chapin Hall


Williams College - Grace Chapin Hall (Williamstown, MA)
 
Skinner Organ, Op. 195 (1911) in Williams College - Grace Chapin Hall (Williamstown, MA)
Sumner Salter, Williams College Organist, playing Opus 195
 
 
 
 
 
 
Builder:        The Ernest M. Skinner Co.
   Year:        1911
   Opus:        195
   
No. manuals:    4
No. stops:      82
No. ranks:      66
No. pipes:      4,479

Specification

              GREAT ORGAN                            SWELL ORGAN
          16' Diapason            61             16' Bourdon             73
          16' Bourdon             61              8' First Diapason      73
           8' First Diapason      61              8' Second Diapason     73
           8' Second Diapason     61              8' Clarabella          73
           8' Philomela           37 PD           8' Gedackt             73
           8' Gross Floete        61              8' Salicional          73
           8' Melodia             61              8' Voix Celeste        73
           8' Gamba               61              8' Spitz Floete        73
           8' Gemshorn            61              8' Aeoline             73
           4' Octave              61              8' Vox Angelica (TC)   61
           4' Wald Floete         61              4' Octave              73
           2' Fifteenth           61              4' Flauto Traverso     73
         III  Mixture            183              4' Salicet             73
          16' Trombone            SO              2' Flautino            61
           8' Tuba                SO            III  Solo Mixture       183
           8' Trumpet             61             16' Trumpet             73
           4' Clarion             SO              8' Cornopean           73
                                                  8' Oboe                73
              CHOIR ORGAN                         4' Clarion             73
          16' Contra Gamba        73                 Tremolo
           8' Geigen Principal    73
           8' Quintadena          73                 ECHO ORGAN
           8' Concert Flute       73              8' Fern Flute          73
           8' Dulciana            73              8' Dulcet II          146
           8' Unda Maris (TC)     61              4' Rohr Floete         73
           8' Dulcet II          146              8' Vox Humana          73
           4' Flute d'Amour       73                 Tremolo
           2' Piccolo Harmonique  61                 Cathedral Chimes    25 tubes
          16' Fagotto             73
          16' English Horn        73                 PEDAL ORGAN
           8' Orchestral Oboe     73             32' Diapason            32
           8' Vox Humana          73             32' Contra Bourdon      32
              Tremolo                            16' First Diapason      12
              Carillons                          16' Second Diapason     GT
                                                 16' Violone             32
              SOLO ORGAN                         16' Bourdon             32
           8' Stentorphone        73             16' Gedackt             SW
           8' Philomela           PD Diap.       16' Contra Gamba        CH
           8' Viol d'Orchestre    73              8' Octave              12
           8' Viol Celeste        73              8' Flute               12
          16' Trombone            61              8' Cello               SW
           8' Tuba                12              8' Gedackt             SW
           8' French Horn         73              8' Flauto Dolce        CH
           8' Corno di Bassetto   73              4' Flute               12
           8' Clarinet            73             16' Trombone            SO
           8' Orchestral Oboe     CH              8' Tuba                SO
           8' Vox Humana          CH              4' Clarion             SO
           4' Clarion             12
              Tremolo
              Carillons           CH


Source: Allen Kinzey

Notes: The stoplist was published in the October 1912 issue of The Diapason. The magazine also had the following interesting article:

"In this organ Mr. Skinner has done what has never heretofore been done in any other organ having a moveable console, with a single exception in the case of an organ in a private residence in Boston. He has made the adjustable pistons move the stop knobs.  Wind is brought into the console directly from the blower through a vacuum cleaner hose in connection with the cable, of which there is 48 feet free length. In consequence of this, the player has at all times a visible indication of the exact condition of his organ. The combinations are adjustable at the console.

"The couplers (oscillating tablets) are grouped according to a scheme prescribed by Professor Sumner Salter, who drew up the specification of the organ, as follows: Those affecting the pedal organ are bunched and under the group is placed the horizontal tablet "To Pedal," and on each coupler tablet occurs only the one word "Swell," "Choir," "Great," or "Swell 4 feet." The several manuals are treated in the same way. By this means one finds readily the desired coupler, just as any stop, in connection with the keyboard he is playing. The organ contains 4,826 pipes and has about fifty-one miles of wiring."

Photo 2: Sumner Salter, Williams College Organist, in ad by The Ernest M. Skinner Company. The New Music Review and Church Music Review (January 1913)

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