'Bohemian Rhapsody' Gets Fairground Organ Treatment

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 10:25 AM

A 1905 Marenghi Organ The 1905 Marenghi Organ used for the performance (pianosynthorgan/Youtube)

What if legendary British rock band Queen was in charge of their own carnival? Chances are, the music might sound something like this:

You’re hearing the band’s magnum opus, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” being played through a century-old fairground organ. The fact that the music sounds like it belongs at the county fair is no accident — organs like these were developed for that exact purpose. The volume was pumped all the way to ensure merrymakers could hear the music above the sounds of laughter and general revelry. The organs were usually mechanically operated, relying on music rolls to keep the tunes flowing around the clock and eliminating the need to have a trained organist on hand at all times.

The model seen in the video above was built in 1905, and is still kicking more than 110 years later. All we need to do now is develop a “Bohemian Rhapsody”-themed ride.

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C Tharpe from Florida

I just visited Philadelphia, where I heard a concert on the Wanamaker pipe organ at Macy's Department Store. More than 28,000 pipes. Not to be missed!

Jan. 11 2017 01:06 PM

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