Magazine article The Tracker

Henry Pilcher's Sons: Opus List and Historical Sketch

Magazine article The Tracker

Henry Pilcher's Sons: Opus List and Historical Sketch

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HENRY PILCHER'S SONS: OPUS LIST AND HISTORICAL SKETCH, Bynum Petty. 2014, 413 pp., many photographs and illustrations. ISBN 9781483417714. Pilcher was the only major organbuilder of the South. Strictly speaking, M.P. Möller was located in Hagerstown, Md., a few miles south of the Mason-Dixon line, but it was never limited in any sense to a southern trade. Bynum Petty has provided us with an opus list for Pilcher and as a bonus, indexed the entries geographically. Alabama has three single-spaced pages of entries. There are none in Alaska and only one in Arizona, but Arkansas, a relatively small state, has a full page. In spite of its size, California has only one page and Colorado and Connecticut each have only two Pilcher organs listed. And so it goes-heavy in the southern states, and good representation in the midwest, but very spotty in the northeast and northwest.

The Pilcher opus list usually includes the name and location of the client, the date of completion, the number of manuals, and variously, the number of ranks and/or stops. …

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