Church of St. Ignatius Loyola - New York City

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Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
(Roman Catholic)

980 Park Avenue at 84th Street
New York, N.Y. 10028
http://www.stignatiusloyola.org/


Organ Specifications:
980 Park Avenue at 84th Street (since 1884):
• I/ Klop Orgelbouw – Continuo
IV/91 Mander Organs (1991)
III/13 Rodgers Instruments hybrid (1977)
• III/80reg Hook & Hastings Co., Op. 2326 (1913)
• II/20reg Hook & Hastings Co., Op. 2302 (1912)
• III/51 Hook & Hastings Co., Op. 1710 (1896)
East 84th Street between 4th & 5th Avenues (1854-1884)
• Henry Erben (1847)


Church of St. Ignatius Loyola - New York City (photo: Steven E. Lawson)  
The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola was founded in 1851 as the Church of St. Lawrence O'Toole. Its first building, of Romanesque design, was built in 1854 on East 84th Street between Fourth (Park) and Fifth Avenues. In 1866, administration of the church was passed to the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Three decades later, construction began on a new Gothic Revival church at the present location on Park Avenue, but only the lower church was completed in 1884. Plans for the upper church were changed to an Italian Renaissance-style basillica as designed by Schickel & Ditmars. The twin towers were to have four-tiered steeples, but this plan was never realized. Upon the completion of the new upper church in 1898, the Jesuits petitioned to have their founder, St. Ignatius Loyola, added as a co-patron of the parish. In 1969, the church was designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
             
Klop Orgelbouw
Garderen, The Netherlands
Mechanical action
1 manual


St. Ignatius Loyola owns a continuo built by Klop Orgelbouw of The Netherlands. Specifications of this organ have not yet been obtained.
               
  Mander Organ (1993) at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola Church - New York City (photo: Steven E. Lawson)
Mander Organs
London, England (1991)
Suspended mechanical key action
Electrical drawstop action
4 manuals, 68 stops, 91 ranks



Since its installation in 1993, the organ in St. Ignatius Loyola Church has become a landmark liturgical and concert instrument in New York City. Built by Mander Organs of London in 1992, the four-manual organ contains sixty-eight speaking stops, nearly five thousand pipes, and weighs over twenty tons; it is believed to be amongst the largest mechanical action organs ever built in the British Isles. The organ was conceived with strong leanings towards the French symphonic style, and has been acclaimed as one of North America's most significant pipe organs.

Mander Organ (1993) at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola Church - New York City (photo: Steven E. Lawson)  
The organ case, one of the most spectacular to be built in modern times, rises 44 feet above the gallery floor and is made of solid French oak. A facade of polished tin pipes masks the pipes and mechanical action of the instrument, all made easily accessible by wide walkways and stairs.

The luxurious console is finished with jambs and panels veneered with burr walnut and inlaid with satinwood banding, with blackwood borders. One panel conceals a CCTV monitor. The hand-engraved stop knobs are turned from a sixty-year old stock of rosewood and are carefully graded from top to bottom for color.

Stephen Bicknell designed the organ, assisted by Didier Grassin, Geoff MacMahon, and James Richardson-Jones. Didier Grassin also designed the case. Voicing of the organ was carried out by David Frostick and Michael Blighton, and tonal finishing onsite was carried out by John Pike Mander and Michael Blighton. The Sandra G. Montrone Pipe Organ was made possible through the generous contributions of an anonymous donor and the Paul Montrone family.
               
Positif (Ie Clavier) – 61 notes
8
  Montre
61
1 3/5
  Tierce
61
8
  Flûte à cheminée
61
1 1/3
  Larigot
61
4
  Prestant
61
1 1/3
  Plein-jeu V rangs
305
4
  Flûte douce
61
8
  Trompette
61
2 2/3
  Nazard
61
8
  Cromorne
61
2
  Doublette
61
    Tremblant  
2
  Quarte de nazard
61
       
               
Grand Orgue (IIe Clavier) – 61 notes
16
  Montre
61
1 3/5
  Tierce
61
8
  Montre
61
1 1/3
  Fourniture V rangs
305
8
  Flûte harmonique
61
2/3
  Cymbale IV rangs
244
8
  Violoncelle
61
8
  Cornet V rangs [g1-g4]
210
8
  Bourdon
61
16
  Bombarde
61
4
  Prestant
61
8
  Trompette (I-II)
66
4
  Flûte à fuseau
61
4
  Clairon (I-II)
78
2 2/3
  Quinte
61
    Tremblant  
2
  Doublette
61
       
               
Récit expressif (IIIe Clavier) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon
61
2 2/3
  Cornet III rgs
183
8
  Diapason
61
1 1/3
  Plein-jeu IV rangs
244
8
  Salicional
61
16
  Basson
61
8
  Unda maris
61
8
  Trompette harmonique (I-II)
66
8
  Cor de nuit
61
8
  Clarinette
61
4
  Octave
61
4
  Clairon harmonique (I-II)
78
4
  Flûte ouverte
61
    Tremblant  
2
  Doublette
61
 
     
             
Petit Récit (IVe Clavier) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Flûte traversière
61
16
  Cor anglais
61
8
  Viole de gambe
61
8
  Trompette
61
8
  Voix céleste
61
8
  Basson-Hautbois
61
8
  Bourdon
61
8
  Voix humaine
61
4
  Flûte octaviante
61
    Tremblant  
2
  Octavin
61
       
               
Bombardes (IVe Clavier) – 61 notes
16
  Bombarde
61
4
  Tuning reference [c13-c49]
37
8
  Trompette en chamade (I-II)
66
       
4
  Clairon en chamade (I-II)
78
    Etoile  
               
Pédale – 32 notes
32
  Soubasse [ext.]
12
3 1/5
  Mixture V rangs
160
16
  Montre
32
32
  Contre Bombarde [ext.]
12
16
  Contrebasse
32
16
  Bombarde
32
16