Möller organ

Weedon’s Wanderings: 11th June 2019

The huge Möller Organ, West Point

WHEN HUGE MEANS TRAGIC

At this time when many have been commemorating D-Day, featuring this instrument seems rather appropriate. It’s the world’s largest pipe organ in a place of worship, with 23,511 pipes and 874 speaking stops. And it’s to be found in the Cadet Chapel, West Point Military Academy, USA.

But why is its immense size so sad? Well, when it was first built by Möller in 1911, it’s proportions were far smaller. Whilst visiting it, my brother was told how it has been expanded and further expanded over the years, as bereaved families donated a rank of pipes in memory of their military loved ones who had been killed in action. That seems as telling as rows of grave-stones or clouds of ceramic poppies.

The console is sited, unusually, at ground level, as you will see in this video of an organist (un-named, but it looks like...

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