Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Jeremy Adams Organ

Principal 8'
Octave 4'
Fifteenth 2'
Mixture III
Chimney Flute 8'
Cromorne 8'
Stopped Diapason 8'
Flute 4'
Nazard 2 2/3'
Tierce 1 3/5'
Chanson de Roland (Oboe 8')

Subbass 16'
Bassoon 16'
I- Pedal
I-II Manuals

The Jeremy Adams Organ was designed for the gallery of the Village Church to lead congregational singing and to provide a palette of sound suitable for much of the standard organ repertory. Installed in 1987, the two-manual, 13-stop mechanical action (tracker) organ was inaugurated to the great pleasure of the parish, earning the praise of musicians, builders, and congregation. With more than 600 pipes, it has three reed voices, including an Oboe stop named Chanson de Roland to honor the memory of Roland Dumas, Master Pipemaker, who made and donated the stop to the organ. The designer and builder, Jeremy Adams, built and gave the Bassoon stop in memory of his mentor and friend, Melville Smith. The case of the organ is mahogany, with central trompe l'oeil panels of inlaid checkerboard satinwood and mahogany, inspired by baroque instruments in Brittany. The keyboards are of polished, beveled cowbone with cocobolo sharps.

A number of distinguished organists have concertized on the Adams organ, including Rudolf Innig of the Hochschüle für Musik in Detmold, Germany; Yuko Hayashi, Head of the Organ Department of the New England Conservatory of Music; Hatsumi Miura, now Titular Organist of Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama; Lois Regestein and Heinrich Christensen, both of whom were Deans of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The late Joseph Payne recorded the Adams organ on the Naxos label ~ “Early English Music” (NX-718). The organ has also been heard on National Public Radio on Michael Barone’s “Pipedreams,” (a weekly program featuring great organs of the world) and “Living on Earth." A continuo organ, also made by Mr. Adams, is on loan to the church for use with the Schola Cantorum and for chamber music, as well.


In addition to the organ at the Village Church, there is a two-manual Flemish harpsichord, also built by Jeremy Adams (and on loan from the builder). Modeled after a 17th century instrument of Andreas Rückers, this instrument has an expanded range to accomodate later repertoire. The unusual abstract lid painting is by Mattapoisett artist, Sarah Brown. Used to accompany the Schola Cantorum and occasionally, the adult choir, the harpsichord has also been featured at weddings and concerts. Joseph Payne recorded on this instrument as well, and it has been played in concert by (among others) Boston Symphony harpsichordist, Mark Kroll, and Museum of Fine Arts harpsichordist, John Gibbons in concert with BSO cellist, Jonathan Miller.

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