Riverdale Presbyterian Church - Bronx, NY
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Riverdale Presbyterian Church

4765 Henry Hudson Parkway
Bronx, N.Y. 10471
http://www.rpc-bx.org


Organ Specifications:
III/34 M.P. Möller, Inc., Op. R-625 (1959)
III/26 M.P. Möller, Inc., Op. 6423 (1936)
• II/20s Müller & Abel (1902)


During the Civil War years, the nation was in great tumult and many involved in the war efforts sought a more peaceful existence by escaping to the serenity of "country living." Many homes were built in Riverdale and new churches were established. On June 24, 1863, with 65 attending in the morning and 50 in the afternoon, the Riverdale Presbyterian Church was organized. The English-inspired Late Gothic Revival stone building, designed by James Renwick Jr., was constructed during the summer with the first service in the completed structure taking place October 11, 1863.

In 1966, Riverdale Presbyterian Church was designated a Landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
               
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus R-625 (1959)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 41 registers, 29 stops, 34 ranks


In 1959, Möller made repairs and tonal changes to the existing Möller organ, Op. 6423 (1936), reusing the old console.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes
8
  Diapason
61
2
  Super Octave *
61
8
  Nasongedeckt
CH
  Fourniture III ranks *
183
8
  Keraulophon
61
    Tremolo  
4
  Octave
61
   
Chimes
CH
2 2/3
  Octave Quint *
61
   
Harp
CH
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Gedeckt Bass
12
4
  Salicet (fr. 8')
16
  Gedeckt Treble [13-73 *]
97
2 2/3
  Octave Quint
8
  Geigen Principal
73
 2
  Flautina
8
  Rohrflöte
  Plein Jeu IV ranks *
244
8
  Salicional
85
8
  Trompette *
73
8
  Voix Celeste (TC)
61
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Aeoline
73
8
 
Vox Humana
preparation
4
  Gemshorn Principal
73
4
  Rohrschalmei *
73
4
  Flute Harmonic
73
    Tremolo  
4
  Flute d'Amour
       
 
     
 
     
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Nason Flute *
73
1 3/5
  Terz *
61
8
  Dolce
73
8
  Clarinet
61
8
  Unda Maris
73
  Tremolo
61
4
  Koppelflöte *
73
 
Chimes
preparation
2 2/3
  Nasat *
61
8
 
Harp
preparation
2
  Blockflöte *
61
4
 
Celesta
preparation
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Resultant
8
  Octave (fr. 16' Diap.)
16
  Diapason
56
8
  Gedeckt
SW
16
  Violone
32
8
  Salicional
SW
16
  Bourdon
32
4
  Octavin (fr. 16' Diap.)
16
  Gedeckt Bass
SW
16
  Bass Trompette * (ext. SW)
12
               
           
* pipes new in 1959
               
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 6423 (1936)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 73 registers, 39 stops, 26 ranks


The Möller Factory Specification for this organ shows that Möller provided a detached three-manual stop-key console. Möller reused some ranks from the previous 1902 Müller & Abel organ.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes
8
  Diapason
61
4
  Flute Harmonic
CH
   
Blank *
preparation
4
  Octave
61
8
  Doppel Flute
61
   
Chimes
CH
8
  Melodia
CH
   
Harp
CH
8
  Gamba
CH
   
Celesta
CH
8
  Dolce
CH
   
* duplex chest prepared for 2nd Diapason
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt Bass
12
4
  Flute d'Amour
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt (TC) *
85
4
  Salicet
8
  Geigen Diapason
73
2 2/3
  Octave Quinte
8
  Stopped Flute
2
  Flautina
8
  Flute Celeste (TC)
61
    Mixture IV ranks
244
8
  Salicional
73
8
  Cornopean
73
8
  Voix Celeste (TC)
61
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Muted Viole
73
8
 
Vox Humana
preparation
8
  Aeoline
73
    Tremolo  
4
  Gemshorn *
73
       
 
     
 
     
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  English Diapason
73
4
  Flute Harmonic *
73
8
  Blank [2nd Diapason]
GT
8
  Clarinet
73
8
  Melodia *
73
 
Tremolo
 
8
  Gamba *
73
   
Chimes
preparation
8
  Dolce *
61
   
Harp
preparation
8
  Unda Maris (TC)
73
   
Celesta
preparation
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Resultant
8
  Octave (fr. 16' OD)
16
  Open Diapason
44
8
  Flute
SW
16
  Violone (ext. CH Gamba)
12
8
  Cello
CH
16
  Bourdon (1-27 *)
32
8
  Salicional
SW
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt
SW
       
           
* inc. pipes from 1902 Müller & Abel organ
Couplers
    Great to Pedal 8', 4'   Great to Swell 8'
    Swell to Pedal 8', 4'   Swell to Choir 16', 8', 4'
    Choir to Pedal 8', 4'   Great 4'
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'   Swell 16', Unison, 4'
    Choir to Choir 16', 8', 4'   Choir 16', Unison, 4'
             
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5-6-0 Affecting Great stops, double touch for pedal
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5-6-0 Affecting Swell stops, double touch for pedal
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5-6-0 Affecting Choir stops, double touch for pedal
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5-6-0 Affecting Pedal stops, duplicated with toe pistons
    Pistons No. 1-2-3-4-5-6 Affecting Full Organ, duplicated with toe pistons
             
Accessories
    Balanced Great & Choir Expression Pedal with light indicators
    Balanced Swell Expression Pedal with light indicators
    All expressions to Swell shoe by piston and with light indicator
    Balanced Crescendo Pedal, light indicator, set 1" higher than the swell pedal
    Sforzando pedal and piston, reversible, light indicator
    General coupler cancel piston
    Great to Pedal Reversible pedal
    Swell Tremolo reversible pedal
    Toe piston for setting combinations
    General Cancel piston
               
Müller & Abel
New York City (1902)
Unknown action
2 manuals, 20 stops


The specifications for this organ have not yet been located.
               
Sources:
     Dolkart, Andrew S. and Matthew A. Postal. Guide to New York City Landmarks (Third Edition). New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2004.
     Ochse, Orpha. Austin Organs. Richmond: The Organ Historical Society, 2001.
     Riverdale Presbyterian Church website: www.rpc-bx.org
     Scofield, Jeff. Factory Specification of M.P. Möller organ, Op. R-625 (1959).
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specification of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 6423 (1936).

Illustration:
     Flickr.com (jag9889). Exterior.
               
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