1861 E. & G. G. Hook Organ, Opus 300

Image by William T. Van Pelt, courtesy of Pipedreams.org Photo Album

The Holy Cross organ is not only beautiful to see and hear, and a very practical tool for leading the worship of the assembly, it is a rare surviving example of a three-manual (three keyboard) instrument by this firm, considered the foremost 19th Century American organbuilder. Most of the pipework dates to 1861.

Short History and Stoplist

Photographs

HookDrawing1857B LINKS OF INTEREST

Pipedreams, weekly radio program from Minnesota Public Radio: http://pipedreams.publicradio.org/

"Historic Organs of Michigan," Pipedreams program that includes the Holy Cross Hook: http://pipedreams.publicradio.org/listings/2001/0113/

St. John's Organ Society, Bangor, Maine. Hook opus 288: http://hookopus288.org/

E & G.G. Hook History up to 1860:
http://www.concertartist.info/organhistory/history/hist071.html

Hook/Hook & Hastings after 1860: http://www.concertartist.info/organhistory/history/hist072.html

How a pipe organ works: http://pipedreams.publicradio.org/articles/how_a_pipe_organ_works/howapipeorganworks.shtml

Hook opus 553, Berlin, Germany: http://www.hook-orgel.de/

Wikipedia article on pipe organs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipe_organs

Organ Historical Society:
http://www.organsociety.org/

American Guild of Organists (AGO): http://www.agohq.org/home.html

Detroit Chapter, AGO: http://detroitago.org/Options.html
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