Carnegie Hall - New York City
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Carnegie Hall

57th Street and Seventh Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10021
http://www.carnegiehall.org

Isaac Stern Auditorium

Organ Specifications:
• III/78 Rodgers Instruments LLC electronic (c.2006)
I/5 Flentrop Orgelbouw (1993)
• V/129 Rodgers Organ Company electronic (1974)
II/7 Schlicker Organ Company (1970)
IV/55 Geo. Kilgen & Son, Op. 4317 (1929)
III/50 Hillgreen, Lane & Company, Op. 456 (1916)
II/34 Frank Roosevelt, Op. 486 (1891)

Carnegie Hall - New York City  
Carnegie Hall (Byron Bros., N.Y., 1895)  


           
 

Rodgers Instruments Organ (c.2006) in Carnegie Hall - New York City (photo: Meredith Baker)

   
 
Rodgers Instruments Organ (c.2006) in Carnegie Hall - New York City (photo: Nicholas Russotto)
Rodgers Instruments LLC
Hillsboro, Ore. (c.2006)
Digital tone generation
3 manuals, 78 equivalent ranks


Sometime around 2006, Carnegie Hall acquired a three-manual electronic instrument built by Rodgers Instruments LLC. The instrument sounds through two portable speaker towers.
           

Flentrop Orgelbouw "Kistorgel" (portative) at Carnegie Hall - New York City (photo: Flentrop Orgelbouw B.V.)
Kistorgel (portative)

Flentrop Orgelbouw B.V.

Zaandam, The Netherlands (1993)
Mechanical key and stop action
1 manual, 5 stops, 270 pipes
               
As part of the Centennial Season of Carnegie Hall, a portable "kistorgel" was built in 1993 by Flentrop Orgelbouw of Zaandam, The Netherlands. Funding for the organ was provided in part by the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The keyboard can transpose up and down a half-tone. Flentrop built similar organs for the Academy of Kazan and the Academic Hospital in Leiden.
               
Manuaal – 54 notes (C-f''')
8
  Bourdon
54
       
4
  Prestant
54
       
4
  Fluit
54
       
2
  Octaaf
54
       
1 1/3
  Quint
54
       
         
 

Rodgers Electronic Organ (1974) at Carnegie Hall - New York City (photo: Richard Torrence)

  Publicity Flyer by Rodgers Organ Co.
Rodgers Organ Company
Hillsboro, Ore. (1974)
Electronic tone generation
5 manuals, 129 equivalent ranks




Admid much fanfare in 1974, an electronic instrument designed by Virgil Fox and built by the Rodgers Organ Company was installed in Carnegie Hall. The speakers were installed above the stage, and the five-manual console was movable.
           
  Schlicker Organ (1970) formerly in Carnegie Hall - New York City
Schlicker Organ Company
Buffalo, N.Y. (1970)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 7 ranks, 439 pipes




A two-manual-and-pedal unit organ built by the Schlicker Organ Company of Buffalo was brought to Carnegie Hall for a March 1, 1970 performance of Handel's Solomon, performed by the Handel Society of New York. Following the concert, the organ was given to Carnegie Hall, where it was subsequently used for religious meetings in the hall. At some point, the organ was moved to the Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal) where it was used as a temporary instrument until the installation of their Rieger organ in 1987. The organ was subsequently given to St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in the Bronx.

Schlicker provided two movable platforms for the console and pipe case, and both components were connected by a detachable cable. The organ was designed to fit on an elevator 9'11" x 5'7" and stored in an area 6'2" high. Wind pressure for the entire organ was 2½ inches.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes
8
  Principal  
2
  Rohrfloete  
8
  Gedeckt       Mixture III ranks  
4
  Octave  
8
  Krummhorn  
4
  Gedeckt  
4
  Krummhorn  
2
  Octave          
               
Positiv Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes
8
  Gedeckt  
1
  Siffloete  
4
  Rohrfloete  
8
  Krummhorn  
2
  Principal       Tremolo  
1 1/3
  Larigot          
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Untersatz       Rauschpfeife II ranks  
8
  Gedeckt  
16
  Krummhorn  
4
  Octave  
8
  Krummhorn  
4
  Gedeckt  
4
  Krummhorn  
2
  Rohrfloete          
               
Stop Analysis
     
Pipes
16
  Untersatz/Gedeckt
73
4
  Principal
61
2
  Rohrfloete
61
    Mixture II-III
171
16
  Krummhorn
    73
   
Total
439
           
  Kilgen Organ, Op. 4317 (1927) at Carnegie Hall - New York City
Geo. Kilgen & Son
St. Louis, Mo. – Opus 4317 (1929)
Electro-pneumatic action
4 manuals, 91 registers, 46 stops, 55 ranks, 4,381 pipes
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Major Diapason +
73
4
  Flute Harmonic
85
8
  Principal
73
2 2/3
  Twelfth +
61
8
  First Open Diapason
73
2
  Flute Octaviante (fr. Fl. Harm.)
8
  Second Open Diapason +
73
    Ripieno X ranks *
305
8
  3rd Open Diapason
85
8
  Tromba
85
8
  Gross Flute
73
4
  Tromba Clarion (fr. 8')
8
  Gamba
73
    Chimes
EC
8
  Claribel Flute +
73
   
* The Ripieno draws 5 ranks of pipes
plus ranks indicated by a +
4
  Octave + (fr. 3rd O.D.)
   
               
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon
109
4
  Violina (fr. 8' Vla. Diap.)
8
  Diapason Phonon
73
2
  Flautino (fr. 16' Bdn)
8
  Viola Diapason
85
    Ripieno V ranks
183
8
  Stopped Diapason
73
16
  Contra Oboe
97
8
  Viole d'Orchestre
73
8
  Cornopean
73
8
  Viole Celeste (TC)
61
8
  Oboe (fr. 16')
8
  Salicional
73
4
  Oboe Clarion (fr. 16')
4
  Wald Flute
73
    Tremolo  
4
  Flute d'Amour (fr. 16' Bdn)
       
               
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Contra Gamba
97
4
  Melodia Flute (fr. 8')
8
  English Diapason
73
4
  Flauto Traverso
73
8
  Violin Diapason
73
2
  Piccolo (fr. 8' Melodia)
8
  Tibia Clausa
73
8
  Corno di Bassetto
73
8
  Gamba (fr. 16')
8
  Horn
73
8
  Melodia
85
8
  Orchestral Oboe
73
8
  Viola
73
    Tremolo  
8
  Viola Celeste (TC)
61
   
Harp
61 bars
4
  Gambette (fr. 16')
       
               
Solo Organ (Manual IV) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Stentorphone
73
8
  Tuba Sonora
73
8
  Flauto Mirabilis
73
8
  Tuba Harmonic (fr. 16')
8
  Gross Gamba
73
8
  Cor Anglais
73
8
  Gamba Celeste (TC)
61
4
  Tuba Clarion (fr. 16')
4
  Flute Overture [sic]
73
    Tremolo
16
  Tuba Profunda
97
    Chimes
EC
               
Echo Organ (floating) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Still Bourdon (TC, fr. Lieb. Ged.)
16
  Vox Humana (TC)
8
  Horn Diapason
61
8
  Vox Humana
73
8
  Lieblich Gedackt
85
4
  Vox Humana (fr. 8')
8
  Vox Angelica
61
   
Chimes
25 tubes
8
  Vox Aetheria (TC)
49
    Tremolo  
8
  Quintadena (syn.)
       
4
  Fern Flute (fr. Lieb. Ged.)
       
2
  Zart Flute
61
       
8
  Musette
61
    Echo Pedal – 32 notes, enclosed
16
  Contra Horn
85
16
  Echo Bourdon (ext. EC)
12
8
  Oboe Horn (fr. 16')
16
  Contra Horn
EC
4
  Horn Clarion (fr. 16')
8
  Echo Flute
EC
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Diapason Resultant
8
  Bass Flute (fr. Bourdon)
32
  Bourdon [ext., low 5 resultant]
7
8
  Violoncello (fr. Violone)
16
  1st Diapason
44
32
  Bombarde
56
16
  2nd Diapason
GT
16
  Bombarde (fr. 32')
16
  Violone
44
16
  Tuba Profunda
SO
16
  Bourdon
44
16
  Contra Oboe
SW
16
  Gamba
CH
8
  Bombarde (fr. 32')
16
  Lieblich Gedackt
SW
    Ripieno XIII ranks
8
  Octave (fr. 1st Diap.)
       
           
 

Console of Hillgreen, Lane & Co. organ, Op. 456 (1916) at Carnegie Hall - New York City

Hillgreen, Lane & Company
Alliance, Ohio – Opus 456 (1916)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 43 stops, 50 ranks
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Diapason
73
8
  Dulciana *
73
8
  Diapason I
73
4
  Octave
73
8
  Diapason II *
73
4
  Hohl Flute
73
8
  Doppel Flute
73
2
  Super Octave
58
8
  Gross Flöte *
73
  Mixture, 4 ranks
232
8
  Viola di Gamba
73
8
  Trumpet
73
8
  Gemshorn
73
8
 
Marimba * (harp affect)
49 notes
               
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon
73
4
  Harmonic Flute
73
8
  Diapason
73
  Dolce Cornet, 3,4,5 ranks
230?
8
  Spitz Flöte
73
8
  Cornopean
73
8
  Salicional
73
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Viol Celeste * (TC)
61
8
  Vox Humana (in sep. box)
73
8
  Aeoline *
73
  Tremolo
8
  Viol *
73
 
Chimes
20 notes
8
  Stopped Diapason
73
     
               
Solo-Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
    Solo Section (10" wind)       Choir Section (4" wind)  
8
  Stentorphone * +
73
8
  Concert Flute *
73
8
  Viol d'Orchestre *
73
8
  Quintadena *
73
8
  Principal Flute *
73
8
  Viol d'Amour *
73
4
  Harmonic Flute *
73
4
  Flute d'Amour *
73
16
  Contra Fagotto
58?
8
  Clarinet
58?
8
  Orchestral Oboe
58?
  Tremolo
8
  Tuba
58?
   
 
+ double-mouth from tenor F
   
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
 
Contra Viol
preparation
8
  Violoncello
30
16
  Diapason
32
32
 
Bombarde
preparation
16
  Bourdon
30
16
  Trombone
30
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt #
32
# old Quint with 7 new lower notes; CCC to F#
   
* new pipes
             
             
             
             
         
 

New-York Philharmonic Society showing Frank Roosevelt organ, Op. 486 (1891) in Carnegie Hall - New York City

  New-York Philharmonic Society
Walter Damrosch, conductor (1902-03)
Frank Roosevelt organ façade
Frank Roosevelt
New York City – Opus 486 (1891)
Mechanical action
2 manuals, 27 stops, 34 ranks
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 58 notes
16
  Double Open Diapason
58
4
  Hohl Flöte
58
8
  Open Diapason
58
2 2/3
  Octave Quinte
58
8
  Doppel Flöte
58
2
  Super Octave
58
8
  Gemshorn
58
    Mixture, 4 ranks
232
8
  Viola di Gamba
58
8
  Trumpet
58
4
  Octave
58
       
               
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 58 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon (split knob)
58
4
  Flute harmonique
58
8
  Open Diapason
58
2
  Flageolet
58
8
  Stopped Diapason
58
  Dolce Cornet, 3,4,5 ranks
230?
8
  Spitz Flöte
58
8
  Cornopean
58
8
  Salicional
58
8
  Oboe
58
4
  Octave
58
   
               
Pedal Organ – 30 notes
16
  Open Diapason
30
8
  Violoncello
30
16
  Bourdon
30
16
  Trombone
30
10 2/3
  Quint
30
       
           
Sources:
     Carnegie Hall Archives. Courtesy Gino Francesconi, Archivist.
     Flentrop Orgelbouw B.V. web site: www.flentrop.nl
     Mowers, Cullie. Specifications of Schlicker Organ (1970).
     "Pro Arte Chorale Presents Handel," The New York Times (May 25, 1970).
     Richard Torrence Management. Information about the 1974 Rodgers organ.
     Smith, Rollin. "The Organs of Carnegie Hall," The American Organist (July 1991).
     Stern, Robert A.M., Thomas Mellins, and David Fishman. New York 1880: Architecture and Urbanism in the Gilden Age. New York: The Monacelli Press, Inc., 1999.

Illustrations:
     Baker, Meredith. Console of Rodgers Instruments organ (c.2006) from auditorium floor.
     Byron Bros. (New York, N.Y.). Exterior (1895).
     Flentrop Orgelbau B.V. Flentrop Kistorgel (1993).
     Geo. Kilgen & Son booklet. Stage and console of Geo. Kilgen & Son organ, Op. 4317 (1929). Courtesy Sebastian M. Glück.
     List, Ken. Schlicker Organ Company organ (1970).
     Nelson, George. Console of Hillgreen, Lane & Company organ, Op. 456 (1916).
     Russotto, Nicholas. Console of Rodgers Instruments organ (ca. 2006) from upstage.
     Torrence, Richard. Console of Rodgers Organ Company organ (1974) on stage.