An Organ a Day

An Organ a Day

The Enterprising Spirit of M.P. Moller

Bynum Petty


Pendragon Press



Mathias Peter Möller was a small man-only 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 Möller tells the story of his life and work. The book is neither a biography of Möller 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 company's founder. Rather, it is a collection of related essays focusing on significant events in the life of M.P. Möller 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 Möller opus list arranged both chronologically and by region. There are also copies of Möller, 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 Möller 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.


July 2010
111 black and white illustrations
230 pages
10x7 cm
The Complete Organ
ISBN: 9781576472439
Format: Paperback
Pendragon Press
BISAC MUS004000, MUS000000
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