E. M. Skinner Pipe Organ Company - Opus 776
Central Presbyterian Church
Louisville, Kentucky
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Skinner Organ Company
Boston, Mass
Opus 776, built in 1930
Central's organ was built in 1930 by the E. M. Skinner Pipe Organ Company (Opus 776) and was completely restored in 1997.
The instrument is composed of 40 ranks (sets) of pipes and is placed in the chambers on either side of the chancel and in the balcony at the rear of the sanctuary. It is the only Skinner pipe organ in Louisville.

This organ is especially noteworthy for having many of the signature E.M. Skinner stops:

From Wikpedia:

"This ease that brought "The King of Instruments" under the complete control of the organist was coupled with Skinner's life-long interest and obsession with orchestral color and its application to the pipe organ. The first of his new stops, the Erzahler, appeared in 1904 soon joined by other exotic tonal colors between 1908 and 1924 including an Orchestral Oboe, English Horn, Corno di Bassetto, Flugel Horn and Heckelphone that were all very true to their orchestral counterparts. In addition to his orchestral color reeds, Skinner also developed and perfected numerous string and hybrid flue stops, many with matching celestes of uncommon beauty. Among these were the usual Salicional/Voix Celeste and Dulciana/Unda Maris present in the Swell and Choir divisions of many American organs of the era but also his ethereal Flauto Dolce/Flute Celeste, his Dulcet (a pair of very narrow scaled string ranks tuned with a fast beat to heighten the intensity), a pair of inverted-flare Gambas found in the Solo divisions of many of his larger organs that allowed a rich, 'cello-like timbre for solo lines in the Tenor range, the Kleine Erzahler, a softer, brighter version his earlier Erzahler as well as Pedal Violones at 32' and 16' pitches which he defined as "subtle, soft string stops."

Yet with all these developments, Skinner is still best known for his French Horn - his only sonic creation that he actually patented."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_M._Skinner

Original specification can be found at:


32' Bourdon Resultant
16' Diapason
16' Bourdon
16' Echo Lieblich (sw)
10 2/3' Quinte
8' Octave
8' Gedeckt
8' Still Gedeckt (sw)
16' Trombone
8' Tromba
4' Clarion


16' Bourdon
8' Diapason
8' Salicional
8' Rohrflute
8' Flute Celeste II
8' Vox Celeste
4' Octave
4' Flute Triangulare
Mixture III
16' Waldhorn
8' Cornopean
8' Oboe
8' Vox Humana
4' Clarion

16' Swell to Swell
Swell Unison Off
4' Swell to Swell


16' Erzhaler
8' First Diapason
8' Second Diapason
8' Principal Flute
8' Erzhaler
4' Octave Principal
Grave Mixture II
8' French Horn (ch)
8' Tromba (ch)

4' Great to Great
16' Great to Great
Great Unison Off

Tremolo Reeds (ch)


8' Gamba
8' Dulciana
8' Concert Flute
8' Unda Maris
4' Flute Harmonic
2 2/3' Nazard
8' Clarinet
8' English Horn
8' Tromba

16' Choir to Choir
4' Choir to Choir
Choir Unison Off


8' Chimney Flute
8' Unda Maris II
8' Vox Humana
4' Echo to Echo
2' Echo to Echo


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Rejoice the Lord Is King

performed at Central Presbyterian Church

May 27, 2007

Note the French Horn stop used in the first verse, capturing the "bubble" of the horn as the orchestral french horn sounds when played.
E.M. Skinner developed this stop after hearing a french horn in concert.

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