Religion: York Minster on Fifth Avenue

The music swelled through the Gothic nave and died away. At the organ console beside the apse, a white-haired little man of 79 turned off the organ switch and gathered up his music. Dr. T. Tertius Noble, organist for three decades at Manhattan's famed St. Thomas' Protestant Episcopal Church, had decided to give up playing in public "while I can still do a good job."

One of church music's most honored living men, British-born Dr. Noble was organist (for 15 years and some 14,000 services) at 600-year-old York Minster, celebrated for its architecture and its acoustics.* When he left in 1913 to...

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