Music in the Marketplace: The Story of Philadelphia's Historic Wanamaker Organ: From John Wanamaker to Lord & Taylor

Biswanger, Ray

Published by Friends of the Wanamaker Organ Press, 1999
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This is an illustrated history of the world's largest pipe organ, installed in the Grand Court of the John Wanamaker department store in Philadelphia in 1911; although the original organ, brought from the St. Louis World's Fair by railroad to Philadelphia, had over 10,000 pipes, it was not loud enough for the seven-story central atrium of the store, so Wanamakers installed an organ factory in the store with 32 full-time employees and by 1932 had added over 18,000 more pipes; includes photographs on nearly every page; also included are three supplements: a 32-page Official Guide to Philadelpha's Historic Wanamaker Grand Organ; a facsimile edition of a 32-page pamphlet, Description of the Grand Concert Organ to Be Erected in Festival Music Hall of the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition; and a reprint of an illustrated 2-page article on the construction of the organ from the April 23, 1904 edition of Scientific American (green cloth with gold lettering; yellow dust jacket with green lettering & color photo of the organ on the front has very slight edgewear; otherwise a bright, clean, tight copy). Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: The complete story of the colossal pipe organ and the fabled Philadelphia retail palace that has been its showcase for 90 years. The Reigning Monarch of All Instruments was built in California and exhibited at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair as the world's largest pipe organ. In 1909, millionaire merchants John and Rodman Wanamaker made it the centerpiece of their magnificent new store. Dozens of store artisans enlarged the organ over 18 years to maintain it as the world's largest-a virtual symphony orchestra in pipes. Wanamaker's showcased its unparalleled cultural achievement in brilliant after-hours concerts featuring Leopold Stokowski, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the world's foremost musicians. Ray Biswanger's riveting presentation, which unfolds like a great novel, includes intriguing store lore, the fascinating history of the 17-ton Wanamaker Founder's Bell, and never-before-published insights into the private lives of the Wanamaker family and the famous artists whose lives were intertwined with this world-acclaimed historic treasure. Written for the general public and organ enthusiast alike, this sumptuous, highly readable book is published in a hardbound coffeetable format with 18 chapters, 5 appendices, complete specifications, the current console layout, and comprehensive endnotes. Informative and intriguing, the 302-page work features more than 270 illustrations, many of them full-page prints. Includes entire chapters on the St. Louis World's Fair and the Wanamaker Founder's Bell, much never-before-published material from newly unsealed archives of the Wanamaker Store, the Henry Willis organ factory, and other fascinating sources that reveal the complete, personal story behind the creation of one of the great artistic achievements of man.

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Title: Music in the Marketplace: The Story of ...
Publisher: Friends of the Wanamaker Organ Press
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Hard Cover
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