Skinner Player Organ at the Toledo Museum of Art


The largest fully-automated player pipe organ was built for the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio. Recording includes some of the best rolls cut for the Skinner Organs.

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In 1927 the pipe organ at the Toledo Museum of Art was installed by the Skinner Organ Company as its Opus 603 and was later moved by that company in 1933 to its current location. The organ is the largest Skinner Player Organ built with a fully automatic roll player. This pipe organ is capable of effectively accompanying a full orchestra with its refined but powerful reeds, including a Tuba on 18″ wind. After sitting silent for many years, the pipe organ was fully restored by the A. Thompson-Allen Company of New Haven, Connecticut. This CD uses the automatic rolls exclusively, which not only play the notes, but also change the stops and open and close the expression louvers. The rolls are played solely with original 1920s technology. The CD comes with a 32-page booklet, which contains an essay on the organ, an interview with Joseph Dzeda and Nicholas Thompson-Allen about their lives as organbuilders, a full stop list and tons of great photographs of the insides of this pipe organ.

  Name Composer
1 Aida: Grand March Giuseppe Verdi
2 Caprice Viennois Fritz Kreisler
3 En Badinant Alfredo D’ambrosio
4 Angelus du Soir Joseph Bonnet
5 Etude in a minor Frederic Chopin
6 The Nutcracker Suite: Dance of the Toys Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
7 Die Walkure: Ride of the Valkyries Richard Wagner
8 Symphony in d minor: Allegretto Cesar Franck
9 Traumeri Robert Schumann
10 Sampson et Delila: My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice Camille Saint-Saens
11 Humoresque Antonin Dvovak
12 Serenade Gabriel Pierne
13 Ave Maria Franz Schubert
14 The Firebird: Ronde des Princesses Igor Stravinsky
15 The Firebird: Berceuse and Finale Igor Stravinsky


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