Friday, May 24, 2013
Madrid Organ Masterpiece
We are pretty tired after a week of touring with the Pipedreams group in Spain, but today's final organ, a 69 stop, four manual Grenzing organ made in 1991, took my breath away. The Auditoria Nacional de Madrid is home to this fine instrument. It is a massively beautiful instrument.
I have been watching for cherubs each day and this tumble of figures found in the Basilica Pontifica de San Miguel is the largest grouping of cherubic figures that I have discovered yet on this spring's Pipedreams tour.
The artist arranged all of the figures like a bouquet of flowers, some stuck here, another there. At first glance, this carving is a mishmash of arms and legs and heads, but after studying it for a bit, it really works.
Wanda Hayes Eichler