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Leland W. Sprinkle & John Batchelder - The Great Stalacpipe Organ album mp3

  • Performer: Leland W. Sprinkle
  • Genre: Classical
  • Title: The Great Stalacpipe Organ
  • Style: Neo-Romantic
  • MP3 version size: 1824 mb
  • FLAC version size: 1607 mb
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From the 7'' single The Great Stalacpipe Organ Released by Luray Caverns (US).

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The instrument's name was derived from the resemblance of the selected thirty-seven naturally formed stalactites to the pipework of a traditional pipe organ along with its custom organ-style keyboard console

John Batchelder (Narrator), Leland W. Sprinkle (Organ), Whitford L. Hall (Recorded By), Martin Luther (3) (Written-By), Leland W. Sprinkle (Arranged By), Stephen Foster (Written-By), Leland W. Sprinkle (Arranged By), Charles T. Chapman (Arranged By), Henry Carey (Written-By), Frédéric Chopin (Written-By).

The Great Stalacpipe Organ. In 1954, on his 5th birthday, Robert Sprinkle was given a choice by his father, Leland Sprinkle: have a traditional birthday party, or take a tour of one of Virginia’s most famous caves, Luray Caverns. Robert chose the cave tour, and soon the Sprinkle family descended below the surface of the small town of Luray to view its main attraction. Underneath the town of Luray, he had built his legacy, after navigating so many twists, turns and false starts in the years prior. He was always very kind to me, says John Shaffer, Luray Caverns’ marketing director, who has been there for forty years. He was always taking time to show a little kid like me why something worked.

The Great Stalacpipe Organ appears at first to be a normal organ, but instead of using pipes, the organ is wired to soft rubber mallets poised to gently strike stalactites of varying lengths and thicknesses. When the keyboard is played, the entire subterranean landscape becomes a musical instrument.

The Great Stalacpipe Organ is located deep within Luray Caverns and was completed in 1956 after three years of work by Leland W. Each key is wired to a solenoid-actuated rubber mallet that is connected to one of 37 diferent stalatites scattered around . acres of the caverns. When a key is pressed, the mallet strikes the stalactite. The result is a very clear, pure tone that bears a resemblance to a xylophone or a lithophone. All of the stalactites, despite spreading over only . acres of the caverns, can be heard over all 64 acres of the caverns' interior.

This most unique, one-of-a-kind instrument was invented in 1954 by Mr. LeIand W. Sprinkle of Springfield, Virginia, a mathematician and electronic scientist at the Pentagon. Electronic mallets were wired throughout the caverns and connected to a large four-manual console. When a key is depressed, a tone occurs as the rubber-tipped plunger strikes the stalactite tuned to concert pitch

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Introduction
A2 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Arranged By – Leland W. SprinkleWritten-By – Luther*
A3 Beautiful Dreamer
Arranged By – Sprinkle*Written-By – Foster*
A4 Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Arranged By – Sprinkle*Words By – Thomas Moore
A5 America
Arranged By – C. T. Chapman*Written-By – Carey*
B1 Prelude In A
Written-By – Chopin*
B2 Minuet In A
Written-By – Boccherini*
B3 Dance Of The Blessed Spirits
Written-By – Gluck*


  • Narrator – John Batchelder
  • Organ – Leland W. Sprinkle
  • Recorded By [Recording Engineer] – Whitford L. Hall
  • Sleeve Notes – F. Dorothy Wood, Frances E. Wood


Pressed for Luray Caverns by RCA Victor Custom Record Department.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix, A Side Label ): M8OW-8523
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A Side, stamped): M8OH-8523-3
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix, B Side Label ): M8OW-8524
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, stamped): M8OH-8524--1B R