Church of St. Paul the Apostle - New York City
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Church of St. Paul the Apostle
(Roman Catholic)

415 West 59th Street at Columbus Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10019
http://www.stpaultheapostle.org

Organ Specifications:
IV/82 M.P. Möller, Inc., Op. 9987 (1964; reb. Peragallo 1999)
IV/83 M.P. Möller, Inc., Op. 9987 (1964)
III/37 Ernest M. Skinner Company, Op. 544 (1925)
• II/32 Hook & Hastings Co., 1420 (1889)
• Henry Erben (1864)
II/6 M.P. Möller, Inc., Op. 9988 (1964) – Chapel
• I/7r Hook & Hastings Co., Op. 1419 (1889) – Chapel
I/11 J.H. & C.S. Odell, Op. 78 (1868) – Chapel

St. Paul the Apostle Church was built between 1880 and 1885, and is the founding church of the Paulist Fathers, which was the first men's religious order established in the United States. The exterior of the building is in 13th century Gothic style, while the interior has many features found in early Christian and Byzantine basilicas. Artists such as John LaFarge, William Laurel Harris, Lumen Winter and Augustus Saint Gaudens have works in the church, and the High Altar was executed in Byzantine style by Stanford White.
Church of St. Paul the Apostle - New York City (Photo: www.churchcrawler.co.uk  Used by permission)   Church of St. Paul the Apostle - New York City (Photo: www.churchcrawler.co.uk  Used by permission)
         

Peragallo Organ Console - Church of St. Paul the Apostle - New York City (photo: Steven E. Lawson)
   
  Peragallo Organ Console - Church of St. Paul the Apostle - New York City (photo: Steven E. Lawson)
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 9987 (1964)
As rebuilt by Peragallo Pipe Organ Company
Paterson, N.J. (1999)
Electro-pneumatic key action
Solid-state combination action
4 manuals, 88 stops, 82 ranks




In 1997, a campaign was undertaken to refurbish the M.P. Möller organ, Op. 9987 (1964), that had fallen into a state of disrepair. The Peragallo Pipe Organ Company of Paterson, N.J. was selected to repair the actions and to provide a new, updated and movable console. Some additions were made to the stoplist, and the organ was equipped with a complete MIDI interface with three programmable stops on each keyboard and a Proteus sound module and amplification system. The organ was rededicated in May, 2000, by organists Kent Tritle, John Weaver, Dorothy Papadakos and Stephen Tharp, along with the St. Paul Singers and Brass Quintet, led by Anne Holland, Music Director, and John Kubeniec, organist.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Gemshorn [ext. 8']
12
4
  Spitzflöte
61
8
  Principal I
61
2
  Waldflöte
61
8
  Principal II
PED
    Mixture IV ranks
244
8
  Traversflöte
PED
    Scharf III ranks
183
8
  Rohrflöte
61
16
  Basson [composite]
8
  Gemshorn
61
8
  Trompete
61
4
  Octav I
61
8
  Hautbois
49
4
  Octav II
PED
8
  Paulisten Posaune
PO
4
  Octavflöte
PED
    Carillon  
               
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Flûte Conique
73
    Plein Jeu V ranks
305
8
  Geigen
73
    Rauschquinte II ranks
122
8
  Bourdon
73
16
  Fagotto
73
8
  Salicional
73
8
  Trompette
73
8
  Voix Celeste
73
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Flauto Dolce
73
8
  Voix Humaine
61
8
  Flute Celeste [TC]
61
4
  Clarion
73
4
  Octav
73
    Tremulant  
4
  Flûte Triangulaire
73
8
  Paulisten Posaune
PO
2
  Piccolo
73
       
               
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Klein Principal
73
2 2/3
  Nasat
61
8
  Holzflöte
73
2
  Flöten Principal
61
8
  Unda Maris II ranks
134
8
  Clarinette
73
4
  Gemshorn
73
    Tremulant  
4
  Offenflöte
73
8
  Paulisten Posaune
PO
               
Positiv Organ (Manual IV) – 61 notes
8
  Spitz Principal
61
1
  Sifflöte
61
8
  Nasonflöte
61
    Sesquialtera II ranks [TC]
98
4
  Prestant
61
    Cymbal III ranks
183
4
  Rohrflöte
61
16
  Dulzian
61
2
  Oktav
61
8
  Paulisten Posaune [chamade]
61
1 1/3
  Larigot
61
       
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Contre Basse [composite]
2
  Flöte
32
  Contre Bourdon [composite]
    Mixture III ranks
96
16
  Principal
32
32
  Grand Cornet IX ranks
60
16
  Soubasse
32
32
  Contra Fagotto [ext. SW]
12
16
  Flûte Conique
SW
16
  Bombarde [unit]
44
16
  Gemshorn
GT
16
  Fagotto
SW
8
  Octav
32
16
  Dulzian
PO
8
  Gedeckt Pommer
32
8
  Trompete
8
  Gemshorn
GT
4
  Hautbois [unit]
44
4
  Choralbasse
32
2
  Zink [from Hautbois]
4
  Nachthorn [unit]
44
8
  Paulisten Posaune
PO
               
Nave Organ – 61 notes (floating)
8
  Principal
61
4
  Blockflöte
61
8
  Holzgedackt
61
2
  Super Oktav
61
4
  Oktav
61
    Mixture IV-VI ranks
290
               
Nave Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Principal [ext. 8']
12
8
  Bourdon
NAV
16
  Bourdon [ext. 8']
12
4
  Octav
NAV
8
  Principal
NAV
       
         

Original Möller Organ Installation, Op. 9984 (1964) - St. Paul the Apostle Church - New York City (Photo: Jeff Scofield)
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 9987 (1964)
Electro-pneumatic action
4 manuals, 78 stops, 83 ranks





Original Möller Organ Console, Op. 9984 (1964) - St. Paul the Apostle Church - New York City (Photo: Jeff Scofield)  
The present organ was originally built by M.P. Möller, Inc. as their Op. 9987 installed in 1965. A free-standing case behind the high altar contains the main organ, while the Nave Organ is installed in a bay midway down the south side of the nave. Möller retained and revoiced twelve ranks from the previous E.M. SKinner organ, and provided a movable four-manual drawknob console that was finished in ebony. The organ was dedicated by the Rev. Joseph Foley, C.S.P., director of the Paulist Choristers and a longtime member of the American Guild of Organists.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Gemshorn [unit]
73
2
  Waldflöte
61
8
  Principal
61
    Mixture IV ranks
244
8
  Rohrflöte
61
    Scharf III ranks
183
8
  Gemshorn
8
  Trompete
61
4
  Octave
61
    Great Unison Off  
4
  Spitzflöte
61
       
               
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Flute Conique
73
    Rauschquint II ranks
122
8
  Geigen
73
    Plein Jeu V ranks
305
8
  Gedeckt *
73
16
  Fagotto *
73
8
  Flauto Dolce *
73
8
  Trompette
73
8
  Flute Celeste * [TC]
61
8
  Corno d'Amour *
73
8
  Salicional
73
4
  Clairon
73
8
  Voix Celeste
73
    Tremulant  
4
  Geigen Octave
73
    Swell 16'  
4
  Flute Triangulaire *
73
    Swell Unison Off  
2
  Piccolo *
61
    Swell 4'  
               
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Concert Flute *
73
2
  Flötenprinzipal
61
8
  Viola
73
8
  Clarinet *
73
8
  Dulciana *
73
    Tremulant  
8
  Unda Maris [TC]
61
    Choir 16'  
8
  Gemshorn
73
    Choir Unison Off  
4
  Flute *
73
    Choir 4'  
2 2/3
  Nasat
61
       
               
Positiv Organ (Manual IV) – 61 notes
8
  Spitzprinzipal
61
1
  Sifflöte
61
8
  Nason Flute
61
    Sesquialtera II ranks [TC]
98
4
  Oktav
61
    Cymbal III ranks
183
4
  Rohrflöte
61
16
  Dulzian
61
2
  Oktav
61
8
  Paulistenposaune +
61
1 1/3
  Larigot
61
   
+ not affected by couplers
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
32
  Grand Cornet IX ranks
60
2
  Nachthorn
16
  Principal *
32
    Mixture III ranks
96
16
  Sub Bass
32
    Harmonics III ranks
96
16
  Gemshorn
GT
32
  Contra Fagotto [ext. SW]
12
16
  Flute Conique
SW
16
  Double Trumpet [unit]
44
8
  Octave
32
16
  Fagotto
SW
8
  Gedeckt Pommer
32
16
  Dulzian
PO
8
  Gemshorn
GT
8
  Trumpet
4
  Choralbass [unit]
44
4
  Hautbois [unit]
44
4
  Nachthorn [unit]
44
2
  Zink [from Hautbois]
2
  Choralbass
       
               
Nave Organ – 61 notes (playable from Great Manual)
8
  Prinzipal
61
4
  Blockflöte
61
8
  Holzgedackt
61
2
  Super Oktav
61
4
  Oktav
61
    Mixture IV-VI ranks
290
               
Nave Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Principal [ext. 8']
12
8
  Bourdon
NAV
16
  Bourdon [ext. 8']
12
4
  Octav
NAV
8
  Principal
NAV
       
           
* stops retained from previous organ
Couplers
    Great to Pedal   Great to Choir
    Swell to Pedal   Swell to Choir 16', 8', 4'
    Choir to Pedal   Positiv to Choir
    Positiv to Pedal   Swell to Positiv
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'   Choir to Positiv
    Choir to Great 16', 8', 4'   Nave to Pedal
    Positiv to Great 16', 8'   Nave on Great
    Positiv to Swell   Great Off
               
Adjustable Combinations
   
Positiv Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (thumb)
Swell Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 (thumb)
Great Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5 (thumb)
Choir Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (thumb)
Pedal Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (toe)
Entire Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 (thumb & toe)
               
Reversibles
    Great to Pedal (thumb & toe)   Positiv to Pedal (thumb & toe)
    Swell to Pedal (thumb & toe)   32' stop (thumb & toe)
    Choir to Pedal (thumb & toe)   Sforzando (thumb & toe)
               
Expression
    Balanced Pedal – Swell Organ
    Balanced Pedal – Choir Organ
    Balanced Crescendo Pedal
         
Ernest M. Skinner Company
Boston, Mass. – Opus 544 (1925)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 40 stops, 37 ranks, 2,434 pipes


The Ernest M. Skinner organ at St. Paul the Apostle was formally dedicated on Wednesday, March 24, 1926, led by the Rev. Henry F. Riley, with an address by the Rev. William J. Finn, who drew the plans and specifications for the instrument. Five organists of distinction shared the program: Dr. Jacques Ungerer of St. Patrick's Cathedral; Dr. T. Tertius Noble of St. Thomas's Church; Pietro Yon, honorary organist at the Vatican; Dr. Channing Lefebvre of Trinity Church; and the Rev. William J. Finn, director of the Paulist Choristers, who also performed.
   
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes (7½" pressure)
16
  Diapason
61
4
  Flute Harmonic
61
8
  First Diapason
61
8
  Trumpet
61
8
  Second Diapason
61
8
  French Horn *
73
8
  Clarabella
61
   
Cathedral Chimes *
20 tubes
4
  Octave
61
* enclosed in Swell Expression Chamber
               
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed (7½" pressure)
16
  Bourdon
73
4
  Flute Triangulaire
73
8
  Diapason
73
2
  Harmonic Piccolo
61
8
  Gedeckt
73
    Mixture V ranks
305
8
  Salicional
73
16
  Fagotto
73
8
  Vox Celeste
73
8
  Cornopean
73
8
  Flauto Dolce
73
8
  Corno d'Amore
73
8
  Flute Celeste [TC]
61
8
  Vox Humana
73
4
  Octave
73
    Tremolo  
               
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed (6" pressure)
8
  Concert Flute
73
8
  English Horn
73
8
  Dulciana
73
8
  Orchestral Oboe
73
4
  Flute
73
    Tremolo  
2
  Flautino
61
8
 
Harp
61 bars
8
  Clarinet
73
4
  Celesta  
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes (5" & 8" pressure)
32
  Diapason [ext. 1-12 quinted]
8
  Still Gedeckt
SW
16
  Diapason [unit]
44
16
  Trombone [unit]
44
16
  Bourdon [unit]
44
16
  Contra Fagotto
SW
16
  Echo Bourdon
SW
8
  Tromba
8
  Octave
    Chimes
GT
8
  Gedeckt
       
               
Couplers
    Swell to Pedal 8', 4'   Great to Great 16', 4'
    Great to Pedal 8'   Great Unison **
    Choir to Pedal 8'   Swell to Swell 16', 4'
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'   Swell Unison **
    Choir to Great 16', 8', 4'   Choir to Choir 16', 4'
    Swell to Choir 16', 8', 4'   Choir Unison **
           
** Push Buttons in Key Cheek
Adjustable Combinations
   
Great Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4 Ped. to Man. Combs. On & Off
Swell Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 Ped. to Man. Combs. On & Off
Choir Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4 Ped. to Man. Combs. On & Off
Pedal Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4  
  Cancel Piston  
               
Mechanicals
    Swell Expression Pedal   Great to Pedal Reversible
    Choir Expression Pedal   Sforzando
    Crescendo Pedal    
         
Hook & Hastings Co.
Boston, Mass. – Opus 1420 (1889)
Mechanical action
2 manuals, 32 registers


Specifications for this organ have not yet been located.
         
Henry Erben
New York City (1864)
Mechanical action


Specifications for this organ have not yet been located.
         
Chapel Organ:

M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 9988 (1964)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 26 stops, 6 ranks


This Möller organ, known as a "Double Artiste," had six ranks in two enclosed divisions. The cabinets and tilting-tablet console were finished in mahogany, and wind pressures were 4-1/2" for the offsets and 3-3/4" for the trebles.

A Möller Company memorandum dated April 6, 1964 states that this two-manual Artiste organ was provided on loan to the church, with the hope that it could be sold in the New York area rather than returning it to Hagerstown. A memorandum dated May 6, 1964 states that the organ was to be furnished on a rental basis, "the cost of which has been included in the contract price of the custom-built organ" [Op. 9987 in the main church]. A letter dated June 10, 1965 from W.R. Daniels of Möller to Leon Cross of the church inquires about the removal of the organ, as it had been sold to Dr. George Markey of Maplewood, New Jersey. Dr. Markey requested that the 4' Principal in the Swell be replaced with the standard 8' string [celeste] found on Double Artiste organs by Möller. The organ was sold for $9,952.
   
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon
92
2
  Super Octave [rep. 5 top notes]
8
  Diapason
80
2
  Flute [repeat 5 top notes]
8
  Gedeckt
1 1/3
  Larigot [repeat 12 top notes]
4
  Octave
   
Chimes
preparation
4
  Flute
    Tremulant  
2 2/3
  Nazard
61
       
               
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Salicional
80
16
  Trompette
85
4
  Principal [TC]
49
8
  Trompette
4
  Salicet
4
  Trompette
2
  Salicetina [repeat 5 top notes]
    Tremulant  
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Bourdon
GT
4
  Bourdon
GT
8
  Diapason
GT
4
  Salicet
SW
8
  Bourdon
GT
16
  Trompette
SW
8
  Salicional
SW
8
  Trompette
SW
4
  Octave
GT
4
  Trompette
SW
               
Couplers
    Swell to Great          
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Expression Pedal – Great Organ (8 stages)
    Balanced Expression Pedal – Swell Organ (8 stages)
    Balanced Crescendo Pedal with indicator light (green jewel)
         
Chapel Organ:

Hook & Hastings Co.
Boston, Mass. – Opus 1419 (1889)
Mechanical action
1 manual, 7 registers


Specifications for this organ have not yet been located.
         
Chapel Organ:

J.H. & C.S. Odell
New York City – Opus 78 (1868)
Mechanical action
1 manual, 9 stops, 11 ranks


The following specification was recorded by F.R. Webber, whose "Organ Scrapbooks" are in the possession of The Organ Historical Society Archives in Princeton, N.J. Webber writes:

This is one of the first examples in which the Twelfth is called 2-1/3', instead of 3', as was previously customary.

               
Manual – 56 notes
8
  Open Diapason
56
4
  Principal
56
8
  Keraulophon
56
2 2/3
  Twelfth
56
8
  Clarionet Flute
44
2
  Fifteenth
56
8
  Stop Diapason Bass
12
    Sesquialtera, 3 ranks
168
8
  Dulciana [TC]
44
       
               
Pedal – 20 notes
16
  Grand Bourdon
20
       
               
Coupler
    Patent reversible Great to Pedal coupler
               
Composition Pedals
    Piano          
    Forte          
           
Sources:
     Aeolian-Skinner Archives web site: http://aeolian-skinner.110mb.com/
     The American Organist (Nov. 1965). Specifications of M.P. Möller Organ, Op. 9987 (1964).
     Church Crawler web site: http://www.churchcrawler.co.uk
     Kinzey, Allen, and Sand Lawn, comps. E.M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List. New Rev. Ed. Richmond: The Organ Historical Society, 1997.
     "New Organ for Paulists," The New York Times (Mar. 21, 1926).
     St. Paul the Apostle web site: www.stpaultheapostle.org
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications (Jun 23, 1925) of Ernest M. Skinner organ, Op. 544.
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of M.P. Möller Organ, Op. 9987 (1964).
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of M.P. Möller Organ, Op. 9988 (1964).
     Van Pelt, William T. The Hook Opus List, 1829-1916 in Facsimile. Richmond: The Organ Historical Society, 1991.
     Webber, F.R. "Organ scrapbook" at Organ Historical Society Archives, Princeton, N.J. Specifications of J.H. & C.S. Odell organ, Op. 78 (1868). Courtesy Jonathan Bowen.

Illustrations:
     Church Crawler web site. Interior shots. Used with permission.
     Scofield, Jeff. M.P. Möller organ console; publicity photo.
     Lawson, Steven E. Interior; Peragallo organ console.