Installed in 1929, and lovingly restored in 2001, the Welte-Tripp organ at Church of the Covenant is a masterpiece in the American Symphonic Organ tradition. With 3,530 pipes designed to imitate an array of instruments, ranging from the harp to the French horn, this organ is especially well-suited for orchestral transcriptions which were so popular during the early part of the 20th century. (Imagine Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre or Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan und Isolde, played on the pipe organ...) The original instrument featured a player mechanism, similar to the piano rolls used in player-pianos. Today, it is common for organs to include a play-back system allowing the organist to listen to their registrations in different parts of the sanctuary. However, at Church of the Covenant, the play-back system is used regularly in worship, allowing the organist to play duets with himself, thus doubling the color resources. The examples below include standard organ repertory and original “duet” arrangements. This eclectic repertoire is typical for Church of the Covenant where, on any given Sunday, you might hear the music of Messiaen and Michael Jackson, or Bob Marley and Bach.
Covenant's Sanctuary will be closed until Easter, 2014 while the floor and the heating system are replaced. During the renovations services will be held in Bates Hall with piano, harpsichord and choral music. Additional recordings of the Welte-Tripp organ will be posted below every two or three weeks. We look forward to returning to the sanctuary in April and hearing our splendid organ at Sunday services.
For more information on the Welte-Tripp organ, contact Minister of Music Tom Handel.
Advent IV - 2013: A Meditation on Love
Bill Evans' arrangement of Autumn Leaves, adapted for organ by Tom Handel
Organ Music By Olivier Messiaen - Performed in Recital by Tom Handel
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