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Posted by Jeff / July 28, 2008

20080728_Joseph_Oratory.jpgIts been some time since I've climbed the mighty steps of St Joseph's Oratory to view the city from atop, and to wonder in amazement the work done over 100 years ago. My pals visiting from out of town persuaded me to make the trip up, to re-kindle my appreciation of memories the last time I heard the Majestic Organ play. So we made the journey, and found ourselves in the church, a gentle breeze coming into the doorway, as we walked in, and the organ sleeping and awaiting to play, as it does every Sunday @ 3:30pm.

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This majestic organ was built in Hamburg, Germany between the years 1958 and 1959. It was dismantled and installed in the Oratory in 1960. It has 78 stops, 118 ranks, and 5811 pipes activated by a pedal board. There is some more techy info on the website. Some pipes look to be at least more then 20 feet in height. It is the masterpiece of the celebrated German organ builder Rudolf von Beckerath. The splendors of the organ are often displayed by the titular organist of the Oratory Phillipe Bélanger. On Sundays at 3:30 p.m., a half-hour concert is offered to the public free of charge. I was not sure if it was Mr. Bélanger atop playing out the sounds from the massive pipes, but it was peaceful and calming to hear the sounds deep rumbling though-out the building. Religious or not; the wonder of these old pipes still can move and amaze you. As you rest atop one of the highest points on the island. So next Sunday, take a break from Tams Tams, and get to the oratory before 3:30 for a nice break. It's worth it.
*Photo credit : André Tremblay, Photographex - Organ photo.

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Tommy / July 28, 2008 at 04:28 pm
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