Dismantling the Appleton Organ

The organ technician Larry Trupiano led a team of specialists and conservators in the dismantling of the pipe organ by Thomas Appleton at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The historic organ, made in 1830 in Boston, has been on view in the Arms and Armor Court at the Museum since Trupiano installed it in 1982–83. The instrument was dismantled for conservation work during the refurbishment of The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments that began in February 2016.

Featured Instrument:
Thomas Appleton (American, 1785–1872). Pipe organ, 1830. Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Mahogany veneer, rosewood veneer, pine, gilt, ivory, ebony, maple, walnut, chestnut, Height: 16 ft., 1 in. (490.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Margaret M. Hess Gift, in memory of her father, John D. McCarty, 1982 (1982.59.1–.105)

Featured Music:
Louis Vierne. "Divertissement" from 24 Pièces en style libre, Op. 31. Performed on the Appleton organ by Paolo Bordignon, November 4, 2015

Learn more about the Appleton pipe organ on Of Note, the blog of the Department of Musical Instruments.


Photographer and Editor: Thomas Ling

Organized by the Department of Musical Instruments

© 2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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