The Bigelow Pipe Organ

The pipe organ at All Saints’ was built by the Michael Bigelow Organ Company of American Fork, Utah, their Opus 19;  installed in All Saints’ in 1989 .  This amazing organ, for its size, was featured on the cover and accompanying cover article in the December 1991 issue of “The American Organist” journal,  a magazine published by the American Guild of Organists.

Both the key and stop actions are mechanical, the only electricity involved is for the blower providing wind and music desk lights.  The organ  has a duplex stop action making it possible to play any of the nine manual stops on either Manual I or Manual II, adding much flexibility to this organ of fourteen ranks (sets of pipes).

Aspects of the stunning, visual design of the painted casework are inspired from the oldest playing pipe organ in the world, the 1346 organ in Sion, Switzerland.  While tonally, the organ is designed along 18th century Dutch and North German instruments, it can readily play organ literature from all periods, and national styles very effectively, especially considering its smaller size.  It is the perfect organ for the nave of All Saints’, filling the space nicely, while not being over powering.

Specification:

Manual I or II

8′ Prestant

8′ Rohr Flute

8′ Viol

4′ Octave

2′ Fifteenth

II Sesquialter (only a 2 2/3′ Nazard when drawn on Manual I)

III Mixture (only a 1 1/3′ Quint when drawn on Manual II)

8′ Trumpet

 

PEDAL

16′ Bourdon

8′ Bourdon (extension of the 16′)

16′ Fagott

8′ Fagott (extension of the 16′)

 

Tremulant

 

COUPLERS

Manual II to Manual I

Manual I to Pedal

Manual II to Pedal

 

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