An American-Made Organ Waits in the Wings of a Swiss Cathedral

Replacing a pipe organ is no small undertaking. These majestic instruments are costly and difficult to build, and demand months of tuning and tweaking to deliver a perfect sound. In Europe, birthplace of the organ and long the dominant producer of them, they are also intensely political. When Lausanne decided in 1999 to replace the cathedral’s aging Swiss organ with a new one from an organ maker in Gloucester, Massachusetts, it was viewed by many Swiss as an act of heresy. Never before had a European cathedral entrusted such a sacred task to an American firm

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