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  • The 1921 Organ

    This grainy image is a photograph of the chancel of Third Baptist Church in 1918, after the building had been remodeled a bit.

    Third Baptist Church in 1918.
    Third Baptist Church in 1918.

    The archway and organ grills had been in place before, but a choir balcony in the back of the chancel was removed. This allowed plenty of space for the planned 60-rank Kilgen organ. The organ was completed in 1921 in the sanctuary of Third Baptist, but destroyed in a fire in 1928 which started in the organ blower. Here is the specification of that instrument:

      George Kilgen & Son, Inc. – 1921
      GREAT

    1. 16 Major Diapason – 73 pipes
    2. 8 Principal Diapason – 73 pipes
    3. 8 Second Diapason – 73 pipes
    4. 8 Gross Flute – 73 pipes
    5. 8 Doppel Flute – 73 pipes
    6. 8 Melodia – 73 pipes
    7. 8 Viol d’ Gamba – 73 pipes
    8. 4 Octave – 73 pipes
    9. 4 Flute Harmonic – 73 pipes
    10. 8 Trumpet – 73 pipes
    11. 4 Clarion – 12 pipes – From no. 11
    12. SWELL

    13. 16 Bourdon – 73 pipes
    14. 8 Diapason Phonon – 73 pipes
    15. 8 Viol d’Orchestre – 73 pipes
    16. 8 Vox Celestes – 61 pipes
    17. 8 Muted Viole – 73 pipes
    18. 8 Stopped Flute – 73 pipes
    19. 4 Flauto Traverso – 73 pipes
    20. 4 Violina – 73 pipes
    21. 2 Flageolet – 61 pipes
    22. III Dolce Cornet – 183 pipes
    23. 16 Contra Fagotto – 12 pipes – From 24
    24. 8 Cornopean – 73 pipes
    25. 8 Oboe – 73 pipes
    26. 8 Vox Humana – 73 pipes
    27. Tremolo
    28. ECHO

    29. 8 Lieblich Gedeckt – 73 pipes
    30. 8 Dolce – 73 pipes
    31. 8 Vox Aetheria – 61 pipes
    32. 4 Fern Flute – 12 pipes – From no. 27
    33. 8 Vox Humana – 73 pipes
    34. Cathedral Chimes
    35. Tremolo
    36. CHOIR

    37. 16 Quintaton – 73 pipes
    38. 8 Violin Diapason – 73 pipes
    39. 8 Dulciana – 73 pipes
    40. 8 Unda Maris – 61 pipes
    41. 8 Concert Flute – 73 pipes
    42. 8 Quintadena – 12 pipes – From no. 34
    43. 4 Flute d’Amour – 73 pipes
    44. 2 Piccolo Harmonic – 61 pipes
    45. 8 Clarinet – 73 pipes
    46. 8 Orchestra Oboe – 73 pipes
    47. Harp
    48. Tremolo
    49. SOLO

    50. 8 Flauto Major – 73 pipes
    51. 8 Stentorphone – 73 pipes
    52. 8 Gross Gamba – 73 pipes
    53. 8 Gamba Celestes – 61 pipes
    54. 4 Flute Ouverte – 73 pipes
    55. 16 Tuba Profunda – 73 pipes
    56. 8 Harmonic Tuba – 12 pipes – From no. 51
    57. 8 Cor Anglais – 73 pipes
    58. 4 Harmonic Tuba – 12 pipes – From no. 51
    59. PEDAL

    60. 32 Double Open Diapason
    61. 16 Open Diapason – 32 pipes
    62. 16 Violone – 32 pipes
    63. 16 Bourdon – 32 pipes
    64. 16 Lieblich Gedeckt – Echo
    65. 8 Flauto Bass – 12 pipes – From no. 58
    66. 8 Dolce Flute – Echo
    67. 8 Violoncello – 32 pipes
    68. 16 Tuba Profunda – Solo
    69. 16 Contra Posaune – 12 pipes
    70. 8 Harmonic Tuba – Solo

  • Friday Pipes resumes in September

    Here is the Friday Pipes Recital Series for Fall of 2014:

    • September 5 – Stephen Price, Resident organist of Beck Chapel at Indiana University
    • September 12 – Jeff White, Minister of Music, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
    • September 19 – David Harrison, Organist, Irvington United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • September 26 – Scott Montgomery, Director of Music Ministries and Organist, Holy Cross Church, Champaign, Illinois
    • October 3 – Dr. Joerg Abbing, Hochschule für Musik Saar, Saarbrücken, Germany
    • October 10 – Mark Gifford – Christ The King Catholic Church, Springfield, Illinois
    • October 17 – Craig Datz, Organist, Missouri United Methodist Church, Columbia, Missouri
    • October 24 – Tim Jansen, Music Director, St. Anthony of Padua Church
    • October 31 – Brent Johnson, Organist, Third Baptist Church
    • November 7 – No Recital
    • November 14 – Dr. William Sullivan – Organist, Laclede Groves Chapel
    • November 21 – Bill Stein, Director of Music Ministries, First Presbyterian Church, Kirkwood

    Join us each Friday at 12:30-1:00 for these free concerts!


  • Warranty work on the pedals

    Some tiny springs on the bottom of the Pedal board were the source of a problem last week. The springs and contacts made by the Peterson company were recalled and needed to be replaced. Dan and Aaron Bogue brought a complete new set and are busy adjusting the pedals in preparation for Barbara Harbach’s recital tomorrow afternoon.

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  • Program for April 18 Friday Pipes

    Andrew Peters, Pastoral Musician of Second Presbyterian Church returns to the console today to provide our Friday Pipes recital. Here is his program:

    • Symphony No. 6, op. 59 – V. Finale – Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
    • Improvisation- Pastorale – Jospeh Jongen (1873-1953)
    • Prelude in c minor, S. 546 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    • Ten Pieces for the Organ – III. Andante – Joseph Jongen (1837-1924)
    • Introduction, Fugue, and Toccata on a Hymn Tune – Clarence Mader (1904-1971)

    Andrew Peters is Pastoral Musician (Organist/Director of Music) at Second Presbyterian Church in St. Louis. He holds degrees from St. Olaf College and the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with John Ferguson and Todd Wilson. He has won numerous competitions and plays at locations throughout the United States. In the past he has performed at venues including St. Philip’s Cathedral, Atlanta; St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City; St. Olaf College; DePauw University; and the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He has also played the organ part on music of Britten, Ives, and Bach with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra including their appearance at Carnegie Hall in the fall of 2013.

    A member of the American Guild of Organists, Peters has served as Dean of the Nashville AGO Chapter, Director for the 2010 St. Louis Pipe Organ Encounter for young organists, and is the Convention Coordinator for the 2015 AGO Regional Convention in St Louis. His released a recording on the 14-rank Schoenstein organ of the Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee which was praised by The Diapason and The American Organist. His brass and organ arrangements for congregational singing have been published by MorningStar Music Publishers. A native of West Caldwell, New Jersey, Peters lives with his family in St. Louis city.


  • Program for April 4th Friday Pipes

    Horst Buchholz is performing today’s program. It’s entitled “The Organ Light”, Reflections on April 1. The program is:

  • Festive March in D – Henry Smart (1813-1879)
  • Versetti per il Gloria sopra la musica di Mozart – Carlo Moreno (1867-1927)
  • Suite “The Tragedy of a Tin Soldier” – Gordon Balch Nevin (1892 – 1943)
    The Return from the War
    His Jealousy
    His Farewell Serenade
    The Tin Soldier’s Funeral March
  • Processional March – Oscar Verne
  • It looks like a fun program. Hope to see you there at 12:30.

    Dr. Horst Buchholz is Director of Sacred Music and Organist at the Cathedral Basilica and for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and also serves as Artistic Director of St. Louis Cathedral Concerts. He received his first musical training in a boys choir in his native Germany and graduated with degrees and diplomas in organ and church music from the University of Arts in Berlin. After studies in conducting in Bloomington, Indiana, he was awarded the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. Buchholz has been active as conductor, organist, and educator in the USA, Mexico, Canada, Korea, Japan, and throughout Europe. He was Director of Music and Cathedral Organist in Denver. Buchholc was also conducting professor at the University of Denver and Music Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, which named him Conductor Laureate. Prior to his move to St. Louis he served as Canon for Music and Worship at Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral. He is Vice-President for the Church Music Association of America.