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Opus 68

Southwick Music Complex, University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

Created: 1976

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Although it is not a copy of any one French instrument, Opus 68 has a strong French classic influence while retaining the eclecticism required to play the full gamut of organ literature through the year 1825. Its top manual, one of three, has a full compass keyboard devoted solely to the mounted cornet, five ranks of 25 notes starting at middle C.

Opus 68 was the first Fisk instrument to have a full-length 16’ Principal on a manual division. In addition this organ has the first pipes made in the Fisk Shop, including the façade pipes. It was tuned in Kirnberger III after experiments with that temperament at Opus 62 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, proved successful.

Installed on the stage at the front of the highly reverberant new concert hall,  the cases of this organ are arranged in a classical layout of towers and flats. Made of rift-sawn red oak, they include contemporary styled pipe shades and trim to harmonize with the architecture of the room.  The Positive division is cantilevered forward of the main case above the console, in the style of Cliquot, the first of several Fisk organs with this unusual divisional placement. The keydesk is Honduras mahogany and situated en fenêtre.  Natural keys are covered with grenadil; accidentals are rosewood covered with ivory.

Opus 68

Double Open Diapason 16′
Double Stopt Diapason 16′
Principal 8′
Bourdon 8′
Octave 4′
Chimney Flute 4′
Double Tierce 3 1/5′
Doublet 2′
┌Nazard 2 2/3′
└Cornet III
┌Fourniture VI
└Grosse Fourniture VIII
Trumpet 8′
Clarion 4′
Voix Humaine 8′

Bourdon 8′
Prestant 4′
Doublet 2′
Larigot 1 1/3′
┌Nazard 2 2/3′
└Sesquialtera II
Fourniture IV
Cromorne 8′

Cornet V (c1-c3)

Prestant 16′
Flûte 8′
Flûte 4′
Night Horn 2′
Bassoon 16′
Trumpet 8′


Positive to Great
Great to Pedal
Positive to Pedal



Bracketed pairs of stops controlled by single knob, half-draw brings on first stop and full draw brings on second
Manual keyboards CC-g3, 56 notes, concave radiating pedalboard CC-f1, 30 notes