The Laurance Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Pipe Organ

Union Church of Pocantico Hills

Tarrytown, New York

Opus 11 (2006)

Inspired by the Rockefeller family's affection for fin de siécle French culture, this new pipe organ is based upon the orgues de salon of the era, with the tonal resources and sharing of voices between divisions characteristic of the period. The instrument was designed by Sebastian M. Glück, Tonal and Artistic Director, in collaboration with Thomas Zachacz, Organist and Choirmaster, and Dr. Gordon Turk, who served as consultant to Union Church.

The 1921 church was built on the Rockefeller family’s land adjacent to Kykuit, the family estate, and is most famous for its stained glass windows, also commissioned by these distinguished patrons of the arts. The nave windows constitute Marc Chagall’s only cycle of church windows in America, and the rose window is the last completed work of Henri Matisse, who finalized the design just two days before his death.

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