Thursday, October 30, 2008

Coral Ridge Organ FL

The magnificent sanctuary organ of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church is among the most televised of musical instruments.

The organ at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church was constructed by the Italian organ-builder Pierro Ruffatti. With its dynamic sounds and visual beauty it has led countless millions in the singing of God’s praise and has been heard around the world through the broadcasts of the Coral Ridge Hour.

After being delivered to America in two massive shipments, the organ was installed and completed in 1974. The specifications and overall design of the organ were conceived by the church’s organist, Diane Bish, in collaboration with Mr. Ruffatti. With nearly 7,000 pipes arranged in 117 ranks, the Ruffatti was the largest European-built organ in the United States at the time of its installation.

The pipes are separated into seven different divisions playable from a new five-manual console built in 1989 by the Rodgers Instrument Corporation. The new console has complete Midi capability as well as 32 memory levels. Four sets of “en chamade” (horizontal) trumpets highlight the installation, including an 8-foot Italian-Spanish trumpet as well as 16-foot and 4-foot trumpets on the main organ.

From the Antiphonal division, a large 8-foot Trompette de Fete is used for festive fanfares and in solo against the full organ. The pipes are housed in a beautiful white organ case with gold-leaf trim. Accenting the Positive division is a cymbelstern in the shape of a gold star.

2004 expansion

In 2004 a project was undertaken to greatly expand the organ, adding many new orchestral and percussion stops. The Walker Technical Company of Zionsville, Pennsylvania, renovated the console, installing new computers to control the organ. Digitally sampled ranks were used for the new Solo, Etherial, and Celestial divisions. Additional stops were also added to the Great, Choir, Swell, Positive and Pedal. To the original 117 pipe ranks, 61 new digital ranks have been added, giving the organ a total of 178 ranks.


of the Coral Ridge Organ

The Ruffatti Organ - built in 1974.

GREAT (Chancel center)
Super sample
8’ Trumpet Walker
8’ Trompette 8 (Trp) Ruffatti
16 Fagot 16’ Walker
1 1/3’ IV Mixture 1 1/3 Ruffatti
2’ III-IV Fourniture 2 Tidwell
2’ III-IV Grave Mixture Walker
2’ Blockflöte 2’ Ruffatti
2’ Fifteenth 2’ Ruffatti
Cornet III Ruffatti
4’ Flûte Octaviante 4’ Walker
4’ Spillflöte 4’ Ruffatti
4’ Octave 4’ Ruffatti
4’ Prestant 4’ Tidwell
4’ Principal 4’ Ruffatti
8’ Flûte ouverte 8’ Ruffatti
8’ Bourdon 8’ Ruffatti
8’ Flûte harmonique 8’ Tidwell
8’ Gemshorn 8’ Ruffatti
8’ Principal 8’ Ruffatti
8 Montre 8’ Tidwell
8’ Diapason 8’ Walker
16’ Montre 16’ Ruffatti
Chimes (so) Walker
Harp (so) Walker
Orchestral Harp (so) Walker
Minor Bells Maas-Rowe
Flemish Bells Maas-Rowe
Symphonic Carillon Maas-Rowe

CHOIR (Chancel left)
4’ Clairon Ruffatti
8’ Vox Humana Walker
8’ Clarinetto Ruffatti
8’ Bombarde Ruffatti
2/3 IV Tierce Mixture Ruffatti
2’ III Rauschquinte Ruffatti
1 3/5’ Tierce Ruffatti
2’ Waldflöte Ruffatti
2 2/3’ Nazard Ruffatti
4’ Nachthorn Ruffatti
4’ Principalino Ruffatti
4’ Spitzprincipal Tidwell
8’ Holtz Gedeckt Ruffatti
8’ II Erzähler Walker
8’ Viola Celeste Ruffatti
8’ Viola Ruffatti
8’ Celestial Chorus V (cel) Walker
8’ Principal Walker
16’ Violone Walker
Celesta Maas-Rowe
Harp Maas-Rowe

POSITIVE (Chancel center)
4’ Musette Ruffatti
8’ Rohrschalmei Walker
8’ Krummhorn Ruffatti
8’ Trompeta Réal Ruffatti
8’ Trompette de Féte Ruffatti
16’ Dulzian Ruffatti
1/4' III Zimbel Ruffatti
1/2' IV Scharf Ruffatti
1’ Sifflöte Ruffatti
1 1/3’ Quintflöte Ruffatti
2’ Octave Ruffatti
2 2/3’ Sesquialtera Ruffatti
4’ Koppelflöte Ruffatti
4’ Prinzipal Ruffatti
8’ Holzgedeckt Ruffatti
8’ Quintadena Ruffatti
8’ Prestant Walker
Zimbelstern Ruffatti
Carillon (eth) Walker

8’ Anthropoglassa (vox humana) Walker
8’ II Voix des Anges (flute) Walker
8’ III Voix de Vivian (string) Walker
8’ Cor de Nuit Walker

4’ Clarion Ruffatti
8’ Trumpet 8’ (Gt) Walker
8’ Trompette Ruffatti
8’ Trompette en Chamade (16’) Ruffatti
8’ Trompeta Réal Ruffatti
16’ Double Trompette Ruffatti

Unison Off
1 1/3’ II-IV Mixture Tidwell
2’ Fifteenth Ruffatti
4’ Octave Ruffatti
8’ Spitzflöte Celeste Ruffatti
8’ Spitzflöte Ruffatti
8’ Principal Ruffatti
8’ Trompette de Fete Ruffatti
Echo Chime (eth) Walker
Carillon Walker
Echo Zimbelstern Walker

SWELL (Chancel left)
Super sample
Unison Off
4’ Clairon Ruffatti
8’ Voix Humaine Ruffatti
8’ Hautbois Ruffatti
8’ Cornopean Walker
8’ Trompette Ruffatti
8’ Trompette de Fete (Ant) Ruffatti
16’ Contre Trompette Ruffatti
1’ IV Acuta Ruffatti
2’ V Plein Jeu Ruffatti
2’ Octave Ruffatti
2 2/3’ Flute in XII Ruffatti
4’ Flauto Veneziano Ruffatti
4’ II Viole Celeste Walker
4’ Geigen Octave Ruffatti
4’ Principal Tidwell
8’ II Flute Celeste Walker
8’ Rohrflöte Ruffatti
8’ II Voix Celeste Walker
8’ Viole Celeste Ruffatti
8’ Viole de Gambe Ruffatti
8’ Geigen Principal Ruffatti
8’ Diapason Walker
16’ Rohr Gedeckt Ruffatti
16’ II Contre Gambe Walker
8’ Flemish Bells Maas-Rowe
8’ Minor Bells Maas-Rowe
8’ Symphonic Carillon Maas-Rowe

SOLO (Chancel center)
Unison Off
8’ English Horn Walker
8’ Orchestral Oboe Walker
8’ French Horn Walker
8’ Flugel Horn Walker
8’ Corno di Bassetto Walker
8’ Tuba Mirabilis Walker
4’ Orchestral Flute Walker
8’ Doppelflöte Walker
8’ II Cello Celeste Walker
Orchestral Chimes Walker
Glockenspiel Walker
Tower Chimes Walker

PEDAL (Chancel)
4’ Clairon (8’) Ruffatti
8’ Trompette Ruffatti
8’ Trompette de Fete (Ant) Ruffatti
16’ Contre Trompette (Sw) Ruffatti
16’ Posaune Walker
16’ Bombarde (32’) Ruffatti
32’ Contre Basson (Sw) Walker
32’ Kontre Posaune Walker
32’ Contre Bombarde Ruffatti
64’ Bombardon Walker
2 2/3 Mixture VI Ruffatti
2’ Flute Ruffatti
Aliquot Ruffatti
4’ Nachthorn Ruffatti
4’ Choral Bass (8’) Ruffatti
8’ Gedeckt Walker
8’ Flute Ruffatti
8’ Octave Ruffatti
16’ Principal (32’) Ruffatti
16’ Rohr Gedeckt (Sw) Ruffatti
16’ Montre (Gt) Ruffatti
16’ Open Wood Walker
16’ Contre Gambe II (Sw) Walker
16’ Subbass Ruffatti
32’ Untersatz Ruffatti
32’ Violone Walker
32’ Prestant Ruffatti
4’ Bourdon Bells (8’) Maas-Rowe
8’ Bourdon Bells Maas-Rowe

ETHERAL (Narthex)
4’ Clarion Walker
8’ Trumpet Walker
16’ Fagotto Walker
2’ IV Plein Jeu Walker
4’ Harmonic Flute Walker
4’ Principal Walker
8’ Bourdon Walker
8’ II Viole Celeste Walker
8’ Principal Walker
16’ Flauto Basso Walker

16’ Posaune (Eth) Walker
16’ Voix de Vivian III (Cel) Walker
16’ Flauto Basso (Eth) Walker
16’ Spitzbass (Ant) Ruffatti

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