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Christ Church New Brighton
(Episcopal)

76 Franklin Avenue
Staten Island, N.Y. 10301
http://www.christchurchnbrighton.org

Organ Specifications:
Present building (since 1905)
III/36 Mann & Trupiano (2006)
III/21 M.P. Möller, Inc., Op. 7590 (1947)
III/21 Austin Organ Company, Op. 75 (1903)
First building (1850-1905)
• Henry Erben (1856)
• Henry Erben (1850)


1871 photo of Old Christ Church New Brighton - Staten Island, NY (Episcopal Diocese of New York Archives)
1871 photo of Old Christ Church
           
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 7590 (1948)
As revised and enlarged by Mann & Trupiano, Brooklyn (2000-2006)
Electro-pneumatic action
Peterson Solid State Logic relay and combination action
3 manuals, 58 stops, 36 ranks
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, partly enclosed with Choir
16
  Violone
61
4
  Octave
61
8
  Principal [1-12 facade]
61
4
  Harmonic Flute * [ext.]
12
8
  Nave Diapason
61
2
  Super Octave +
61
8
  Bourdon * +
61
    Mixture IV ranks +
244
8
  Harmonic Flute *
61
8
  Trumpet * +
61
8
  Melodia
CH
8
  Clarinet
CH
8
  Dulciana *
CH
 
* enclosed with Choir
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed

16
  Viola d'Amour
73
2 2/3
  Nazard
8
  Geigen Principal +
61
2
  Flautino
8
  Gedeckt
73
    Mixture III-IV ranks
220
8
  Salicional
73
16
  Bassoon [ext. Oboe] +
12
8
  Voix Celeste [TC]
61
8
  Trumpet
73
8
  Viola d'Amour [ext.]
12
8
  Oboe
73
4
  Octave Geigen [ext.]
12
   
Tremolo
4
  Flute d'Amour [ext.]
12
   
Chimes
25 bells
4
  Salicet [ext.]
12
       
               
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed

8
  English Diapason
73
4
  Flauto Traverso
GT
8
  Melodia
73
2 2/3
  Nazard +
61
8
  Cello
73
2
  Fifteenth
61
8
  Dulciana
73
1 3/5
  Tierce +
61
8
  Unda Maris [TC]
61
8
  Clarinet +
61
4
  Principal
73
    Tremolo [on toe stud]  
4
  Dulcet [ext.]
12
       
 
     
 
     
Pedal Organ – 32 notes

32
 
Bourdon [1-12 ext.]
digital
8
  Echo Flute
SW
16
  Diapason
32
4
  Super Octave
12
16
  Violone
32
4
  Flute
SW
16
  Bourdon
32
16
  Trombone [ext. GT] +
12
16
  Viola d'Amour
SW
16
  Bassoon
SW
10 2/3
  Quint
8
  Trumpet +
GT
8
  Octave [ext.]
12
8
  Clarinet
CH
8
  Violoncello [ext.]
12
4
  Clarion +
GT
8
  Flute [ext.]
12
4
  Bassoon
SW
               
           
+ new ranks (2000-06)
           
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 7590 (1947)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 46 stops, 21 ranks


On March 12, 1947, the M. P. Möller Company was contracted to build a three-manual organ for Christ Church. Möller retained five ranks from the previous Austin organ (Op. 75, 1903): the Pedal 16' Violone (extended into the Choir as the 8' Cello); the Swell 8' Gedeckt (reused as a unit stop) and 16' Viol d'Amour; and the Choir 8' Dulciana (becoming the Unda Maris) and 8' Melodia. Möller provided a three-manual stop-key console.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed with Choir (4½" pressure)
8
  Diapason
73
4
  Octave
73
8
  Melodia
CH
4
  Flute Harmonic
73
8
  Concert Flute
85
2 2/3
  Gemshorn Twelfth
8
  Gemshorn
85
2
  Gemshorn Fifteenth
8
  Dulciana
CH
   
Chimes
25 bells
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed (5" pressure)

16
  Viola d'Amour Bass
12
4
  Salicet [Salicional]
16
  Viola d'Amour Treble [TC]
2 2/3
  Nazard [Gedeckt]
8
  Geigen Diapason
85
2
  Flautino [Gedeckt]
8
  Gedeckt
85
    Mixture III ranks
183
8
  Salicional
85
8
  Trumpet
73
8
  Voix Celeste [TC]
61
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Viola d'Amour
73
8
 
Vox Humana
preparation
4
  Octave Geigen
    Tremolo  
4
  Flute d'Amour [Gedeckt]
       
               
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed with Great (4½" pressure)

8
  English Diapason
73
4
  Dulcet [Dulciana]
8
  Melodia
73
4
  Gemshorn
GT
8
  Gemshorn
GT
2 2/3
  Dulciana Twelfth
8
  Violoncello
73
2
  Dulciana Fifteenth
8
  Dulciana
85
1 3/5
  Dulciana Seventeenth
8
  Unda Maris [TC]
61
    Chimes  
4
  Flauto Traverso [Conc. Fl.]
GT
    Tremolo  
 
     
 
     
Pedal Organ – 32 notes (5" pressure)

32
  Resultant
8
  Violoncello
CH
16
  Diapason [ext. GT]
12
8
  Flute [Bourdon]
16
  Violone [ext. CH]
12
8
  Viola d'Amour
SW
16
  Bourdon
56
8
  Gedeckt
SW
16
  Viola d'Amour
SW
4
  Flute [Bourdon]
8
  Octave
GT
       
               
Couplers

    Great to Pedal 8', 4'   Great to Swell
    Swell to Pedal 8', 4'   Swell to Choir 16', 8', 4'
    Choir to Pedal 8', 4'   Great 4', Unison
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'   Swell 16', 4', Unison
    Choir to Great 16', 8', 4'   Choir 16', 4' Unison
               
Adjustable Combinations

   
Swell Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (thumb, 2nd touch adds Pedal piston)
Great Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (thumb, 2nd touch adds Pedal piston)
Choir Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (thumb, 2nd touch adds Pedal piston)
Pedal Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (thumb & toe)
Full Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (thumb)
  General Coupler Cancel (thumb)
  General Cancel (thumb)
               
Pedal Movements

    Balanced Expression Pedal – Great/Choir Organ
    Balanced Expression Pedal – Swell Organ
    Balanced Crescendo Pedal (set 1" higher than Swell Pedal)
    Sforzando Reversible (duplicated by manual piston)
    Great to Pedal Reversible (duplicated by manual piston)
    Swell Tremolo Reversible (toe piston only)
    All Swells to Swell Reversible (manual piston only)
           
  Austin Organ, Op. 75 (1903) in Christ Church, New Brighton - Staten Island (Episcopal Diocese of New York Archives)
  1905 photo of church interior
Austin Organ Company
Hartford, Conn. – Opus 75 (1903)
Tubular-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 23 stops, 21 ranks



Austin Organ Company's Op. 75 was originally built for a music school in Philadelphia. When the school closed around 1904, the organ was moved to Christ Church. The organ had tubular-pneumatic action and was powered by a water motor. In 1948, five ranks of the Austin organ were incorporated into a new instrument built by M.P. Möller (Op. 7590), and the remainder was rebuilt and moved to the Centro María Residence in Manhattan.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes
8
  Open Diapason
61
8
  Concert Flute
61
8
  Viola de Gamba
61
4
  Octave
61
8
  Viola Dolce
61
       
 
     
 
     
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed

16
  Viole d'Amour
61
4
  Fugara
61
8
  Open Diapason
61
    Dulciana Mixture III ranks
183
8
  Aeoline
61
8
  Cornopean
61
8
  Voix Celeste [TC]
61
8
  Oboe
61
8
  Gedeckt
61
    Tremulant  
               
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes [enclosed with Swell?]

8
  Dulciana
61
4
  Flute d'Amour
61
8
  Melodia
61
8
 
Clarinet
preparation
 
     
 
     
Pedal Organ – 30 notes

16
  Bourdon
42
8
  Violoncello [ext.]
16
  Violone
42
8
  Flute [ext.]
16
  Dolce
SW
       
               
Piston Movements

    Four affecting Swell and Pedal organs
    Four affecting Great and Pedal organs
    Four affecting Choir and Pedal organs
    Three release pistons for respective manual groups
    General release for all groups
     
Pedal Movements

    Four affecting entire organ
    General release, reducing to stops drawn
    Sforzando, affecting entire organ with selected couplers
    Balanced Crescendo, affecting entire organ without couplers
    Balanced Swell Pedal
           
Henry Erben Organ (1856) in Christ Church, New Brighton - Staten Island (Episcopal Diocese of New York Archives)
  1900 photo of church interior
Henry Erben
New York City (1856)
Mechanical action


In 1856, Henry Erben of New York City built a new organ for Christ Church. This organ was sold to Holy Comforter Church in 1903. Specifications of this organ have not yet been located.
           
Henry Erben
New York City (1850)
Mechanical action


The first known organ for Christ Church was built in 1850 by Henry Erben of New York City. Specifications of this organ have not yet been located.
 
Sources:
     American Organ Archives, Princeton, N.J. Factory Specifications of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 7590 (1947).
     Christ Church New Brighton web site: http://www.christchurchnbrighton.org/
     Episcopal Diocese of New York Archives; Wayne H. Kempton, Archivist.
     Keilitz, Douglas. Electronic correspondence (May 30, 2012) regarding status of organ.
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.
     Ochse, Orpha. Austin Organs. Richmond: The Organ Historical Society, 2001.
     Sarff, Tom. Specifications of Austin Organ, Op. 75 (1903).
     Sarff, Tom: Specifications of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 7590 (1947).
     Sarff, Tom: Stoplist of Mann & Trupiano organ, (2006).
     Woodhall, John B. Christ Church, New Brighton, pub. 1993.

Illustrations:
     Christ Church New Brighton web site. Archival photo of exterior.
     Episcopal Diocese of New York Archives. 1871 exterior; 1900 and 1905 interior. Courtesy Wayne Kempton.