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OPUS 1 - Trinity Church
Wall Street, NYC - Non-Extant
(Watch Videos of Opus 1 Below)
Marshall & Ogletree Opus 1 was commissioned in November of 2002 by Trinity Church Wall Street, NYC. The installation was completed in time for a choral and organ concert broadcast worldwide on September 11, 2003, the 2-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks which devastated lower Manhattan and rendered the church's pipe organ inoperational.
For 15 years, Opus 1 was widely regarded as the world's most famous and influential digital organ. An instrument of huge proportions and vast capabilities,
it shook the organ world to its very core by demonstrating the first meaningful breakthrough in digital organ sound in decades. From the beginning, the instrument was conceived of as temporary until a proper new pipe organ could be selected - though the leadership and vestry of Trinity Church was pleased enough with Opus 1 to affirm their long term commitment to the instrument in 2007. It served the church every day, used for services, rehearsals and concerts in support of their world-class music program until May 7, 2018 when it was disconnected and removed for the renovation of Trinity's historic sanctuary.
Consisting of two complete and independent 77-stop organs with identically equipped consoles (Chancel and Gallery),the organ spoke into the historic nave through 82 audio channels boasting more than 15,000 watts of amplifier power. Both consoles give the organist full control over both gallery and chancel organs, opening the door to elaborate duet possibilities. The stunningly beautiful and ornate carved wood chancel console was constructed to match the exquisite detail of the church's chancel furniture by Fratelli Ruffatti Organ Builders of Padua, Italy. This console helped define the style and quality level found in all M&O consoles going forward. In so many ways, Trinity's instrument symbolized our experience during the development stages of our technology, and was thus dubbed the "Epiphany". In Trinity's beautiful Upjohn building, our designs and concepts, which had never been heard outside of our lab, were first tested and proven. Trinity's entrepreneurial spirit and the faith which they placed in us was largely responsible for the dramatic early success and acclaim of the Marshall & Ogletree organ. We will always be grateful to them.
Since its dedication in September of 2003, M&O Opus 1 earned accolades from its toughest critics, was played by many of today's leading organ talents, and was even named "The Virtual Pipe Organ" by The New York Times. For several years, it enjoyed the distinction of being perhaps the only digital organ in the world recognized as a "pilgrimage" organ - guests from across the globe have come to New York specifically to hear it, and thousands worldwide regularly listen to it during worship and concerts on the web. Now, some of M&O's other Opuses have joined that rarefied group.
In the summer of 2006, Trinity's organ made an unprecedented concert tour with stops in Cincinnati to provide music for the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, concerts with the Trinity Choir at the American Guild of Organists National Convention in Chicago, and a concert by Cameron Carpenter at Pace University. At the same time, organ music at Trinity's services and its summer organ recital series continued uninterrupted, using Trinity's gallery console, built by Klann Organ Supply.
Opus 1 was used in the recording of several CD albums by Cameron Carpenter including "Revolutionary", the first solo organ album ever nominated for a Grammy award. This Telarc CD album can be found here. We hope you will take the opportunity to enjoy the extensive variety of video and audio from performances by today's leading organists that we have linked below.
In February of 2018, it was announced that Trinity Church would commission two magnificent new pipe organs for the sanctuary built by Glatter-Götz of Germany and designed and voiced by Manuel Rosales of California at a cost of nearly $12M. The new instruments are scheduled to be installed in 2021, following a multi-year total sanctuary renovation. The Marshall & Ogletree Opus 1 organs were removed and brought back to our shop to be carefully gone through and prepared for the next chapters of their lives in other settings. One of those transitions is now complete, as we welcome Opus 15 to our roster. A fellow New York City establishment, Church of the Blessed Sacrament, has purchased and installed Opus 1's gallery console and 56 channels of audio in their stunning and massive nave. The opulent Chancel console, by Fratelli Ruffatti, is available for installation in your church, school or home. Click HERE for more information on that possibility.
Links to other videos of Marshall & Ogletree Opus 1
Featured Video of Opus 1
Cameron Carpenter - Carmen Theme and Variations
Bizet / Horowitz