News Archive: December 2004
This is an archive of news articles from December 2004. Current news articles can be found here and an archive index can be found here. Information in this archive may no longer be valid.
- John Brombaugh's last pipe organs?
John Brombaugh is completing the final instrument that will be made at his Eugene, Oregon works. Opus 38b is being built for the Florence
Henry Memorial Chapel in the gated community of Highlands near Seattle, and will be dedicated early next year. It is a twin of opus 38a, dedicated on November 14th 2004 at the Church of the Resurrection in Eugene.
The appearance of both instruments is Italian in style, with doors enclosing the Brustwerk, but the tonal style of the mechanical action instruments is more northern European in inspiration. 38a is tuned to Kellner's Bach, a mildly unequal temperament, and replaced an Estey reed organ. The Brustwerk Flute 2 and Cornet III share a double draw stop, with the Flute playing alone when the stop is half-drawn. After his opus 38b is completed, John Brombaugh will depart for Europe to document some historic instruments, and a chapter of organ-building in Eugene will close.
Specification: The Church of the Resurrection, Eugene, Oregon
8 (C-E from Holpipe)|
2 (from Cornet)
16 (from Holpipe)|
8 (from Great)
8 (from Great)
Great to Pedal|
Brustwerk to Great
- Restoration of organ in Mosta Dome, Malta
The 64,000 restoration of the 1886 mechanical action organ in Mosta Dome, a cathedral with the third largest unsupported dome in existence, is underway by Maltese organbuilder Robert Buhagiar. Details will hopefully soon appear on his website, which is well worth a visit to learn something about Maltese organs.
- New international organ competition
Wolfgang Rubsam has announceed a new international competition for organ music performance in July 2005, in the town of Landsberg am Lech in southern Germany. Entry is open to any organist under 35, with total prize money of 19,000 Euros. More details can be found on their website.