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Henry Erben (1845)

Location:

Trinity Episcopal Church
Public Square South Side
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Organ ID: 50343

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ is known from a single historic document only; presumed no longer extant, and may never have existed.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on February 02, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 24 ranks. 2 manuals. 28 stops.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Stops: 28
  • Pedal Compass: 25
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on February 02, 2022:

"This magnificent Organ, having been put up during the past week, was used in the services of the Church yesterday. It is a beautiful and fine toned instrument and cannot fail, we think, to give satisfaction to the congregation who have purchased it. . . . The organ is contained in a splendid gothic case of black walnut...the organ, although it is by no means a large instrument, possesses considerable power; indeed, for its size, it possesses extraordinary power. A coupling movement for the Great Organ and Swell, which goes as low as C below Fiddle G, gives great power to the instrument and enriches the Great Organ exceedingly, when used full or in part. The pedals down to 16' C, are very good, speaking almost immediately, and being equal throughout. The Reed Stops are admirable; we must particularize the exceeding beauty and delicacy of the Hautboy in the Swell, and of the rough, full, and truly characteristic quality of the trumpet in the same department, showing great improvement in a few years in these particular stops. The Flute is in the Great Organ, and is very mellow, soft and delicate. It can be used as a solo stop with more convenience and better effect than if it were in the Swell. Organ builders should bear this in mind, and never put the Flute Stop in any other than the Great Organ or Choir. To the Diapasons generally we must award unqualified praise; they are exceedingly heavy and rich. The Pedals may be coupled either with the Great Organ or Choir." -- 1994 OHS Handbook, quoting the New Haven Daily Herald, 28 July 1845

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on February 02, 2022.

Database Manager on August 30, 2012:

Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on August 27, 2012:

Identified through online information from T. Daniel Hancock. -- The "American Musical Directory," Thomas Hutchinson, New York, 1861 reports "Size of organ--2 banks keys, 28 stops, 2 octaves pedals. Built by H. Erben, of New York, in 1845."

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
New Haven Daily Herald, 28 July 1845 via 1994 OHS Handbook: Open In New Tab Originally published 28 July 1845
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on February 02, 2022.

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