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The 1928 E.M. Skinner Grand Organ of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois is one of the few Skinner organs that remains in nearly all of its original state. Skinner himself gave the organ its final tonal specifications which have not been changed over the years. The E.M. Skinner Grand Organ sample set from Milan Digital Audio offers you the opportunity to play this magnificent and historic instrument of the early 20th Century in your own home or studio!
Termed "The American Classic", E.M. Skinner's organs are by nature symphonic organs. The wide use of imitative orchestral stops such as the French Horn, and Orchestral Oboe were developed and patented by E.M. Skinner. These new orchestral developments were inspired by the growing symphonic orchestra in the early 1900's which led to the desire to play organ transcriptions of symphonic and operatic works from Richard Wagner and Johann Strauss to name a few. The symphonic organ was not entirely new, but Skinner holds a part in history for developing it to new levels. During the Romantic period organ builders in France and Germany were building symphonic organs with references to orchestral instruments, although much of the brilliant 'upperwork' was still present from earlier periods such as bright reeds, mixtures and mutation stops. The average Skinner symphonic organ is representative of more 8' pitches, but with more variety in tone and less emphasis on the brilliant 'upperwork' registers. The Mt. Carmel instrument is a typical medium sized Skinner organ of the 1920's and several of these upper registers can be found upon examining the stop specification. However, these mixtures and mutations are never harsh sounding and cap off a full and warm sounding plenum. Some other symphonic aspects of the Skinner organ are the percussion stops including the Harp and Celesta (Harp at 4' pitch), Chimes and Zimbelstern. We have also included recordings from the Carillon which is playable from the organ console and can be sounded from within the church.
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