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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Sounds even more Epic when Played on a 110-Year-Old Organ

Some people grew up in a classic rock household. Other people didn’t. Everyone, however, did hear “Bohemian Rhapsody” and wonder where it was in their life up until that moment.

Queen’s magnum opus is a staple in every human’s life. That magical whispering opening and Freddie Mercury’s theatrical singing are the perfect karaoke routine for adults and children alike. It’s got the dramatic lyrics, sticky keys, flawless harmonies, and life-altering guitar solo. It’s been 40 years since the song first dropped in 1975, but Queen’s legacy still lives on because of it, never managing to sound a day older.

Now their hit song turns into a menacing carousel ride thanks to a 110-year-old organ. It was transposed into sheet music for the organ by Alexey Romand via its intricate mechanical system. Watch as he feeds the music into the organ and steps away from its backside so you can watch it play out in glory (nixing any naysayers who think it’s automated via computer).

The Marenghi Organ seen here was built back in 1905 and has a whopping 81 keys, hence why its giant golden pipes sing out every note crystal clear. Why does that guitar solo sound so hilariously epic? Because Alexey Rom did the original arrangement for part of Bill Nunn’s organ collection.

If you’re so inclined to jog over to your nearest organ-wielding church and try playing it yourself, shoot them an email and they’re happy to help send the sheet music along. It doesn’t get sweeter than that.

HT: Daily Megabyte

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