An Organ A Day
The Enterprising Spirit of M.P. Moller
January 6, 2014
Mathias Peter MпїЅller was a small manпїЅonly 5′-8″ in height, but he was a giant among his peers. To achieve the title “Dean of American Organbuilding,” he had extraordinary intuition and acted on it with epic ambition and energy. Not only was he the founder of the world’s largest organ company, producing an organ a day, but he also owned automobile companies, hotels, banks, railroads and power companies. He was proud of his Danish heritage and equally proud of his contributions to the business-, cultural- and religious-life of Hagerstown, Maryland. An Organ a Day: The Enterprising Spirit of Mathias Peter MпїЅller tells the story of his life and work. The book is neither a biography of MпїЅller nor is it an exhaustive history of the largest organbuilding company in the world, the scope of this endeavor being intentionally limited to the lifetime of the companyпїЅs founder. Rather, it is a collection of related essays focusing on significant events in the life of M.P. MпїЅller and his enterprises. Rich with previously undiscovered source material found in the Library and Archives of the Organ Historical Society, the book’s 22 appendices contain the first-ever published complete MпїЅller opus listпїЅarranged both chronologically and by region. There are also copies of MпїЅller, Whitelegg, Felgemaker and Roosevelt organ patents; copies of tonal director Richard Whitelegg’s pipe scales; stop-lists of famous organs; dozens of factory and family photos and the astonishing diary written by MпїЅller during his European tour of 1921. Over a period of nine years Bynum Petty, Archivist of the Organ Historical Society, has woven together the story of this remarkable man and his wondrous enterprises. Petty’s monograph promises to be a classic in the history of American organbuilding.
Archivist of the American Organ Archives of the Organ Historical Society. Previously, he was a founding member of Petty-Madden Organbuilders of Hopewell, New Jersey, from which he is now retired. He lives in rural central New Jersey, where he is frequently seen hiking along woodland and mountain trails.