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The Organ in Palma’s Cathedral

The órgano mayor (main organ) in Palma’s Cathedral dates from 1789, was designed by Pere Josep Bosch and was inaugurated in 1797. The instrument has four manual keyboards with 56 notes and a pedal with 30 notes. The organ was restored in 1993. It is one of 21 Mallorcan organs that was declared a Bien de Interés Cultural (Mallorcan Heritage) in 2005. For an acoustic appreciation of the organ’s sound, the video clip (below) gives an interpretation by Bartomeu Manresa of Toccata, Adagio and Fugue – C-Major (BWV 564) by Johann Sebastian Bach, from a concert given November 6th, 2006. For technical details, you can consult the de organis website. Click on the organ’s photo to obtain a pdf download.

Tomorrow, November 11th, is a very special day for La Seu (Palma’s Cathedral), as it is every year on November 11th and on February 2nd. Just before 09h00, a spectacular and awe-inspiring illumination can be watched inside the cathedral, below the stained glass window on the main western front, when the colours of the large roseton window on the eastern front above the altar will display an extraordinary dance of lights and form a perfect figure ‘8’, made-up of the two windows, one underneath the other (not shown in today’s photo). You should not miss this unique sight. Entry to the cathedral will be free tomorrow morning; the gates will open at 08h30. The organ, however, will not be played for the occasion.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: January 27th, 2010. The time was 11:55:02. The video clip was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of YouTube and BartomeuManresa. Thank you very much and
moltes gràcies.

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