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    Neat..!! Oldest playable organ in Europe

    Enjoy:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iD3z8RGFZdA

    A clip from "New York Times", Paul Hoffman:

    "One of the more unusual attractions of the Swiss canton of Valais is a 600-year-old organ, believed to be the oldest functioning organ in the world. It is housed in an 800-year-old fortress-church on a hill in Sion, the capital of the Canton.

    "The organ, built in 1390 and most recently restored in 1954, is mounted on a wooden pulpit jutting out like a ship's bow from the rear wall of the Romanesque-Gothic church, once the Cathedral of Sion and one of Switzerland's most haunting edifices."

    Organ Specifications:

    (10 Ranks, 8 registers)
    Pedal
    Bass II

    Manual
    Principal 8
    Octaf 4
    Copl 4
    Quint major 2 2/3
    Superoctaf 2
    Quint minor 1 1/3
    Mixtur II
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    Tags: Diane Bish Now Thank We All Our God Sion

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    Wow, 600 years!! I've heard of that instrument a few years ago, but I've never got all this info on it! Thanks for posting.
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    Glad you enjoyed it as I did.
    ....To play only what is written is the domain of science. To realize what is not written is the domain of art."
    - Jean Langlais

    I wish you the Best for each day, now and always.

    Bill

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    Oldies but Goldies!

    Thanks for posting!

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    “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
    -Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750

    "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing."
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    Quote Originally Posted by wljmrbill View Post
    Glad you enjoyed it as I did.
    Hi Bill !

    Not only enjoyed but also went back in 1989 (sweet memories) when I came close to it and delighted !
    All by pure luck - I just stoped for a cup of coffee in Sion strolling around central Europe in October - and there it was... waiting to be admired !

    Thanks and double cheers

    Panos


    PS. She ... played extremely perfect....
    PS 2 ....can we have this beauty in Hauptwerk set please ?

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