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The Organ

Parsons Pipe Organ Builders, Op. 25

 2 Manual, 24 Ranks, 25 Stops                         Canandaigua, New York

Take a tour of the Parsons Pipe Organ at NHLC

 

GREAT

 

 

(expressive)

 

1

Principal

8'

2

Harmonic Flute

8'

3

Gamba

8'

4

Octave

4'

5

Nasard

2 2/3'

6

Fifteenth

2'

7

Tierce

1 3/5'

8

Mixture

IV

9

Faggott

8'

 

Tremulant

 

 

Swell to Great

16'-8'-4'

 

Great to Great

16'-4'

 

 

 

 

SWELL

 

 

(expressive)

 

10

Geigen Diapason

8'

11

Chimney Flute

8'

12

Celeste

8'

13

Principal

4'

14

Spire Flute

4'

15

Doublette

2'

16

Mixture

III

17

Trompette

8'

 

Rossignol

 

 

Tremulant

 

 

Zimbelstern

 

 

Swell to Swell

16'-4'

 

Swell Unison Off

 

 

Flexible Wind

 

 

 

 

 

PEDAL

 

18

Subbass

16'

19

Lieblich Gedackt

16'

20

Octave

8'

21

Bass Flute

8'

22

Choral Bass

4'

23

Bassoon

16'

24

Fagott

8'

25

Resultant

32'

 

Great to Pedal

8'-4'

 

Swell to Pedal

8'-4'

From the onset, this was an exciting yet challenging project as the options for placement of this organ were limited. Designing in 3-dimensional computer graphics allowed us to consider each aspect of the design prior to starting construction. This organ required approximately 8,000 hours to design, build and install. Each phase of the voicing process is done by ear. The ultimate success of the final instrument is the result of the artists who define the tone of the organ. The on-site tonal finishing of the organ (the fine adjustments for tone, volume and blend) was completed in the fall of 2007.
 
The custom designed organ case is constructed of maple and cherry. The main case is 24’ wide and the entire organ weighs approximately 15,000 lbs. The maple and cherry console is accented with wenge and figured maple. The key coverings are of bone and ebony. The combination action allows each organist to reserve multiple levels of memory and the solid state controller can record and play back any performance.Both divisions are enclosed in their own expression boxes to provide the organist added versatility for the balancing of the tonal resources for service playing and choral accompaniment.
The enclosures are made from 2” thick lumber to ensure that the organ can provide music ranging from the softest ethereal sounds to the majestic choruses that inspire singing and excite the soul. Conceptually, the organ is intended to render the wide variety of organ literature composed over the last four centuries in a convincing way; quite a challenge, given the relatively small size of the organ.The metal pipes for this organ were imported from Portugal and are of various compositions of hammered lead, scraped tin, spotted metal and copper. The wood pipes, manufactured in our workshop, are of poplar and utilize maple and white oak for the tone producing portions of construction. The slider and tone channel windchests are the same design used in tracker action organs and provide the best possible wind supply for pipe speech and tuning.
 
For the church, the organ represents many years of thorough study, prayerful planning and sacrifice, knowing that this is an artistic endeavor. Music inspires us to meaningful worship. It seems, in this time that we live, fewer and fewer people have the opportunity to provide a lasting symbol for future generations. Our congratulations to those at New Hope Lutheran Church who shared in this realization.
 
For Parsons, it is the culmination of years of research, design and development. Throughout the building process, each instrument develops its own unique personality which is completed only when the final pipe is tuned in its new home. We are privileged to have been a part in creating this instrument for your congregation to worship and glorify Jesus Christ by whose grace all things are established and accomplished.

 

— Richard B. Parsons, President

 

“Let everything that hath breath, Praise the LORD.
Praise Ye the LORD.”
Psalm 150:6

© 2013 by New Hope Lutheran Church.

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