by Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona
July 8, 2001
Made it! Finally got through the door and slapped down 4 DM (about $2) -- grabbed a program ....Darn, its all in German! No seats left....oh; up near the front there are some folding chairs. Lets squeeze in. The church bells start to chime, a Priest ascends the alter and welcomes everyone -- in German.
We’ve arrived at St. Steven’s Cathedral located at the old town’s highest point. Destroyed by a fire in 1662, the church was rebuilt by the baroque architect Carlo Lurago. The cathedral now houses the largest pipe organ in the world; with 17774 pipes, 233 stops and 4 carillons! The program I picked up on the way in is written in German, but I can see that 6 musical passages will be played. Suddenly the organ begins--It’s awesome!
The acoustics within the cathedral vividly echo each note, crystal clear as it resounds throughout. Very loud, but at the same time stunning--almost paralyzing! The crowd listens in awe for about 20 minutes. Eventually the last note is played and there is ...total silence. Everyone sits, amazed by the sounds of this magnificent instrument----finally, applause begins to thunder as people start to file from the church each carrying his own memory of the magnificence of the performance.
Organ concerts: May to October and Christmas Week - Weekdays at Noon (Thursdays also at 7pm)
From journal About Beer and "The Nasty Girl"