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by: Rosales
 


Opus 23 by Rosales Organ Builders, Inc
Organ Dedicated on May 31, 1998, Pentecost Sunday

 

Dedicatory Notes For Opus 23

St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish was established by the late James Francis Cardinal McIntyre, Archbishop of Los Angeles, in 1949. At that time, the Holy Land was experiencing unrest and St. Cyril of Jerusalem, an early church father and bishop of the holy city, was chosen as the patron of the new parish. For a time the congregation worshipped at the former Nazareth House Home for Boys in nearby Sherman Oaks, CA.

In December 1950 the parish moved to Encino, CA and worshipped in what is now the current Parish Hall until December 1966. The present church edifice was erected under the leadership of the first Pastor, Fr. Michael Lalor. With its brick and concrete construction, the room possesses among the finest acoustical environments in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

The first pipe organ, reputed to be a gift of Liberace, was the work of Sullivan and Sons, a Los Angeles firm. Installed in the gallery of the new church and constructed of a variety of used and rebuilt pipes and parts, its modest voices were generously enhanced by the acoustical environment. Failing mechanically, this instrument was in need of replacement after two decades of service.

In 1988, as a result of a generous gift from Marguerite and Robert Crane, an organ fund was established in conjunction with a capital fund campaign under the leadership of Msgr. Cyril Navin. In 1990, a contract was signed with Rosales Organ Builders, Inc., for the firm’s Opus 23. The builders proposed a design complementing the large stained glass window depicting St. Cyril, and the rear gallery was readied for installation of the instrument. Delays resulting from other instruments being built by Rosales Organ Builders set back the construction of Opus 23.

The 1994 Northridge earthquake brought another obstacle for the organ’s completion. Severely damaged, the church building was closed for 15 months, during which services were held in the parking lot and eventually in the Parish Hall. During this time, an analysis of the building revealed deficiencies in the rear gallery structural design. Had the organ already been installed, most likely the gallery would have collapsed. Consequently, the new location for the organ at the liturgical east end resulted in a re-design of the sanctuary and choir area. The renewed and remodeled church reopened for the Easter Vigil in 1995.

With the organ completely redesigned, construction recommenced in late 1995 with installation beginning in the church in January 1996. Featuring its own new foundation and structural support system, the organ components are supported and reinforced in anticipation of the next temblor.

The casework is constructed of white and red oak solids and veneers, and was built mostly on-site by Bruno Lagarcé of the Rosales firm. The casework also includes wood from pews removed during the course of the 1994-1995 remodeling. The façade display is made up from the Pedal 16’ Principal, 8’ Octave and 4’ Super Octave. Constructed of copper, these pipes are gilded in a warm brass hue. Behind these pipes are the large expression boxes containing most of the manual pipework. The 20-rank Great is on the left, with the 18-rank Swell on the right. Conceived as tonal equals, these two manual divisions possess comprehensive tonal resources, a wide dynamic range and a variety of color possibilities. The remaining Pedal pipes are mounted on the back walls and roofs of the expression boxes.

The tonal design of Opus 23 was the collaboration of Organist and Director of Music William Beck and Manuel Rosales. Instead of spreading the resources over three or even four manuals, the unusual design of Opus 23, with two primary manual divisions, allowed for a variety of foundation stops, color registers and dynamic ranges. The organ’s primary purpose, to provide support for liturgical music and choral accompaniment, is admirably fulfilled by the array of stops at the organist’s command. The ability to play organ literature is not lost, however, as the core of the stoplist is centered on two traditional Principal choruses.

The inclusion of the Solo manual, not only the home to the chamade trumpets but a “coupling division” lends the flexibility of a far larger instrument. Portions of the Great and Swell can be separately coupled to the Solo, making them playable independently as well as in contrast to those of their home keyboard. Also, the transferred stops can be changed in pitch (up or down an octave) and coupled back to their original manual. These few additional transfer controls provide the organist with a vast increase in the number of tonal possibilities.

The organ’s console is patterned after those in 19th century French choir organs. With a low profile and a compact design, it offers the organist an unhindered view of the choir. Inside the traditionally crafted quarter-sawn oak and black walnut case, however, is the latest in digital control technology. An abundance of programmable features afford the organist numerous conveniences for stop changes, multiple memory levels, digital performance recording and MIDI interface. Free of the usual bundle of hundreds of electrical wires, a single coaxial cable allows freedom of movement for the console.

The crowning features of the tonal design are the two chamade trumpets and the full-length 32’ Trombone. Mounted horizontally on the top of each expression box, the trumpets project effortlessly to enrich the full organ. These trumpets can be played in dialogue with each other or with the other divisions of the organ. Underpinning the entire ensemble of stops are the pipes of the 32’ Contra Trombone. Over 30’ long and 15” in diameter, these pipes add gravity and depth to the overall ensemble.

The organ was dedicated on May 31, 1998, Pentecost Sunday. The organ builders wish to thank St. Cyril’s Parish for the opportunity to build this instrument and for their patience in its construction and installation. Thanks too for the creativity and craftsmanship of all involved in this project. Without the dreams, vision, and patient encouragement of both the Pastor Emeritus Monsignor Navin and Pastor Monsignor Bell, this project would never have been completed.

It is with joy and celebration that Opus 23 is presented to the congregation of St. Cyril’s. May this instrument inspire and uplift all who worship in this edifice for years to come.

 

Manuel Rosales

William Beck

-President -Organist & Director of Music
Rosales Organ Builders, Inc. St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish



~by: Rosales Organ Builders, Inc.  Opus 23  ~Dedicated: May 31, 1998 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234
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