John Abbey

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

John Abbey was born in Northamptonshire, England back in 1785. He served as an apprentice for James & David Davis. In 1826 he travelled to Paris on the invitation of Sebastien Erard who just happened to be a celebrated harp and pianoforte maker.

He established himself in Paris as well as other parts of France. His works can be found in Paris, Rheims, Nantes, Versailles, and Evreux.  He died in Versailles in 1859 at 73. So, from 1826 to his death in 1859 you may be asking yourself what he did that caught my attention for me to write this about him. As always I like the way you think for you see John Abbey was an organ maker.

He completely worked on the construction, renovation and enlargement of organs. He was the first one who introduced into French organs the English mechanism and the bellows. His works are in churches around France in the cities I’ve mentioned. He also built organs in Chile and South America. He built an organ for the Grand Opera in Paris and was still in use until it was destroyed by a fire in 1873.

 

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James Dray Not being a huge organ music lover, I can still appreciate the vision and inventiveness that John Abbey relied upon for his creations. Still, a bit of Bach played on a huge pipe organ might be in order today!

Nov 20, 2016 09:10 PM #1
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Many composers of the day composed music for organ so I had an inkling as to what his field of expertise was going to be noted for.

Nov 20, 2016 09:11 PM #2
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Hi James Dray - and now we know the rest of the story! 

Nov 20, 2016 09:20 PM #3
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Good morning James,

John Abbey I did not know about. I do remember the pipe organ from the lodge that was dismantled, sold to a church out west because of "Urban Renewal" in the mid 70's.

Now they look for Organ Donor's.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 20, 2016 09:33 PM #4
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Good morning James Dray,

I've not heard of John Abby but glad you brought him to our attention. Another tidbit of history to enrich our lives!

Nov 20, 2016 09:43 PM #5
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Good morning James. Never heard of John, but heard the organ at the 4th Presbyterian Church in downtown Chicago yesterday morning! Quite the sound! Enjoy your day!

Nov 20, 2016 10:06 PM #6
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Great story of an inventor that has brought such beautiful sounds throughout churches all over the world.

Nov 20, 2016 10:07 PM #7
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Sounds like an interesting man that perhaps my Grandmother would know about, as she loved playing the organ.

Nov 20, 2016 11:58 PM #8
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James,

Your story reminded me of a friend who played the Beatles songs on the organ at the University of Minnesota.  The sounds were amazing.  A

Nov 20, 2016 11:58 PM #9
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 I don't know what's going on with the photo app but I've been having quite a bit of trouble posting photos as of late. Another intriguing post on what I don't know. Thank you James Dray 

Nov 21, 2016 01:56 AM #10
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Amazing story James Dray  so glad I read your post today

Nov 21, 2016 05:00 AM #11
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Thanks for sharing this information, James. I had no idea about who invented the organ.

I've had trouble uploading pictures the last several days, too. 

Nov 21, 2016 07:31 AM #12
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John Abbey helped create some great sounds in Cathedrals and Opera Houses throughout France in his building of organs.

 

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Thank you, James Dray, for that bit of history!  I had not heard of John Abbey but, I'm sure my grandmother and mother had - they were both avid pianists & organists.

Dec 20, 2016 09:45 PM #14
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