Rich in history beginning in the Colonial era, Richmond, Virginia, has an organ heritage which this new book fully explores. Two organs known to have arrived in Richmond in 1816/1817, one built by Peter Erben (father of Henry) for St. Johnís Church, where Patrick Henry had uttered his most famous words in 1775, and the other built by Bevington in England for Monumental Church, the elegant, octagonal, domed structure designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument.
Organs from most major builders and some almost unique ones throughout two centuries are described with photographs, anecdotes, and histories. Henry Erben (1800-1884) of New York built more than a dozen organs for Richmond 1830-1878 including several of 3m.
Donald Traser, a Richmond native, organist, and OHS member, meticulously gathers the organ histories of the cityís many churches in the 19th and 20th centuries as well as biographical notes on the organists who played and play them. Some of the familiar 20th century names are Edouard Nies-Berger, F. Flaxington Harker, John Haney, James Sydnor, Ray Herbeck, Raymond Glover, Mary Ann Gray, Suzanne Kidd Bunting, Ardyth Lohuis, Neal Campbell, Bruce Stevens, and Peggy Marie Haas Howell. 266 pages, many illustrations, hardbound.