Thursday, February 12, 2015

Trinity organs

Trinity Lutheran
Cleveland has some good stuff. Part of the reason is that in the past, it was relatively much higher in national rank of population (one time #5). In that population it was not ethnically homogenous. There was cultural diversity, and some academic institutions of note. I have not explored enough to give you a full accounting. Cleveland has an Institute of Music in University Circle, and suburban Baldwin Wallace [now University], and a few miles way, Oberlin College have music conservatories. At one time Standard Oil had a passel of millionaires, they and others on occasion funded these institutions.

Big organs of great quality are somewhat few. One place where they are found is in churches. Cleveland has two churches that have music concerts in the noon hour on Wednesdays, both named Trinity. Trinity Lutheran is on the near west side, and has one from Hamburg (Beckerath 1956) which they are quite proud of. They have two resident organists. They and guests perform every Wednesday, and have for over twenty years. The Anglicans have their cathedral in downtown Cleveland, and their concerts are various, but not each week. Looking at their present four month schedule, only two look to be organ alone. They have a beautiful Dutch organ (Flentrop 1977) from Zaandam that resounds wonderfully in the naked stone of the cathedral. Their millionaire of iron ore and lake freighters assembled pieces from the world to build an ecclesial museum. The organ came after him. It is gorgeous and it complements the whole.

Trinity Anglican
 Saint Catharine Catholic. September 23, 2011.
We have abandoned churches where the organ is left for demolition. Part of a rank of the longest diapason flue pipes are making a final descent; from the left, water flows from a hose to keep the dust down.

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