John Speller's Web Pages St. Cecilia's, Solvay, New York

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When I was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem of Pennsylvania in the early 1980s, the church had a fine 1955 Aeolian-Skinner, Op. 1240 of three manuals and pedals. The original organ, however, was J. H. Willcox & Co. Of Boston’s Op. 12 of 1872, an instrument of 2 manuals and pedals with 13 ranks. I was very interested, therefore, when I found out that the 2014 Organ Historical Society Convention was to visit the very similar J. H. Willcox & Co. Organ, Op. 23 of 1872, at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church, Solvay, New York. The organ is one of the best I have heard from the period with some exquisite strings and flutes, a bright, sparkling Great chorus and a surprisingly impressive Full Swell. It was restored by the Andover Organ Company. The stoplist follows:

Great: C-c4, 61 notes

16' Bourdon
8' Open Diapason
8' Melodia
8' Dolcissimi
4' Octave
2' Fifteenth
8' Trumpet

Swell: C-c4, 61 notes, enclosed

8' Violin Diapason
8' Keraulophone
8' Stopped Diapason
4' Flute Harmonique
4' Violin
8' Bassoon (bass)
8' Oboe T.C. (Treble)

Pedal: C-d1, 27 notes

16' Open Diapason
16' Bourdon
Bellows signal

Couplers:

Great to Pedal Swell to Pedal Great to Swell (i.e., Swell to Pedal)

J. H. Willcox & Co., Op. 23 of 1872 at St. Cecilia's, Solvay, New York
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