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Opus 31

Nov 2, 09:25 am

Opus 31

Calvary Episcopal Church
Memphis, Tennesse
Year of commission 1983

A little organ with a great vocation

Calvary Choir presented the Messe in h-moll, op. 232 (B-minor Mass) of J. S. Bach in the winter of 1989. The choir was accompanied by a hired orchestra and a small continuo instrument that was rented from the Martin Ott Pipe Organ Co. of St. Louis, Missouri. Following the presentation, the church decided to purchase this instrument.

“The Little Organ,” as it has come to be known, is used by the Calvary Choirs for music that calls for a lighter sound. It is a wonderful foil for the church’s much larger Aeolian-Skinner. It has been used by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Boys’ Choir and Chamber Choir, and other performing ensembles in the greater Memphis community.

The 47 notes compass of Continuo organ: Manual E to d&rsquo. This small organ was built in a series of four as Opus 22-23-31-48. The cabinets of Opus 22, 31 and 48 are in cherry and for Opus 23 the cabinet is in walnut.

The organ case is of baroque design, with solid frame and raised panel construction. The keyboard has granadilla wood for the naturals and white beach wood for the sharps.

Opus 22, 1983, First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Tennesse.

Opus 23 , 1983, Central Presbyterian Church, Clayton, Missouri.

Opus 48, 1988, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania.

The organ is built in two pieces; the upper case housing the chest, keyboard, pipes and key action, the lower case house the 115V - 60 Hz blower-motor as well as the first larger five pipes of the Holzgedackt.

The case has heavy-duty piano wheels for mobility. The organ has a music rack. The domed caps of the Rohrflöte 4’ are soldered permanently to the pipe body. The ears at the mouth are made of rolled lead sheet metal for tuning. Cone tuning is employed. All pipes are fastened downward with screws to avoid dislodging during transport. (Total height 64'', width 32'', depth 28.5''. Height of upper case 42'').

3 stops | 3 ranks
Mechanical action | Continuo