Casavant Freres Organ

On February 10, 1976, a disastrous malfunction in the Cathedral’s fire protection system damaged the historic pipe organ beyond reasonable hope of repair. The original organ was built by the Barckhoff Organ Company, Salem, Ohio, for the Columbian exhibition which was held in Chicago in 1893. Bishop Tobias Mullen purchased the organ from the company that same year. It was kept in storage at the Tellers Organ Company until 1916 when it was installed as a four manual instrument in the Cathedral. In 1932, it was renovated, and in 1952 it was completely redesigned and rebuilt as a large three manual instrument. A separate organ was placed in the chancel with a complete second console. All the  work was done very competently by the Tellers Organ Company of Erie, Pennsylvania.

The new Casavant organ is described as an electric instrument which incorporates features of the French Romantic period, which is a significant period in the development of music in the Catholic Tradition. Because of its large size and the variety of its tonal resources, it can be used to accompany congregational hymns and choral music and to play organ literature from all periods.

The organ should not only be heard, it should also be seen. The layout of the pipes and the cabinetwork complements the Gothic lines of the cathedral. The console is both a beautiful piece of cabinetwork and a technical masterpiece. The cabinet and bench are of carved oak. The keys are of ebony with ivory caps on the sharps. The drawknobs, thumb piston controls and pedal sharps are of rosewood. IN all it is a suitable instrument for the cathedral and a worthy replacement for the old Barckhoff organ that once made a joyful noise to God.

Casavant Frères Ltée., Opus 3353, 1978

      
       Courtesy of the Casavant Frères Archives
       St. Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada
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       GRAND ORGUE                       POSITIF
   16' Violon               61        8' Montre               61
    8' Montre               61        8' Bourdon              61
                                      8' Flute Celeste (Digital)
    8' Flûte harmonique     61        4' Prestant             61
    8' Flûte à cheminée     61        4' Flûte à cheminée     61
    4' Prestant             61    2 2/3' Nasard               61
    4' Flûte conique        61        2' Doublette            61   
2 2/3' Quinte               61        2' Quarte de nasard     61
    2' Doublette            61    1 3/5' Tierce               61
    V  Cornet           TA 200    1 1/3' Larigot              61
   VI  Fourniture          366        1' Sifflet              61
   IV  Cymbale             244        V  Fourniture          305
   16' Bombarde (1-12 L/2)  61        8' Trompette            61
    8' Trompette            61        8' Cromorne             61
    8' Trompette-en-chamade 61        4' Clairon              61
    4' Clairon              61           Tremblant
                                      8' Trompette-en-chamade GO

       RÉCIT                             PÉDALE
                                     32' Montre (Digital)
                                     32' Bourdon (Digital)
   16' Bourdon doux (bois)  61       16' Montre               32
    8' Principal étroit     61       16' Soubasse             32
    8' Bourdon              61       16' Violon               GO
    8' Viole de gambe       61       16' Bourdon doux         RE
    8' Voix céleste         61   10 2/3' Quinte (bois)        32
    4' Octave               61        8' Octavebasse          32
    4' Flûte octaviante     61        8' Bourdon              32
2 2/3' Nasard               61        4' Octave               32
    2' Octavin              61        4' Flûte                32
1 3/5' Tierce               61        V  Fourniture          160
   VI  Plein Jeu           366       32' Contre bombarde L/2  32
   16' Basson               61       16' Bombarde             32
    8' Trompette            61       16' Bombarde             GO
    8' Hautbois             61       16' Basson               RE
    8' Voix humaine         61        8' Trompette            32
    4' Clairon              61        4' Clairon              32
       Tremblant                      8' Trompette-en-chamade GO
    8' Trompette-en-chamade GO
    8' Flute Celeste (Digital)