Urban trekking

An itinerary of historic organs

Umbria is synonymous with arts and culture, but also with music and tourism: an itinerary to discover its historic organs.

 

 

 

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Tired of the usual itineraries? Do you crave to explore Umbria's more alternative and novel aspects? You've come to the right place: here are a few suggestions to discover this land's musical side. In particular, let us take you to Amelia and its environs: together, we will go on a journey to get to know the local historic organs.

These precious instruments are rightly considered to be artistic masterpieces in their own right, so much so that still today they are jealously held in the most beautiful and famous local churches. In the city centre, for example, in the cathedral, one can find not one but two organs: one of these, the largest one, was built by the Rieger Firm of Austrian Silesia (1904). The other one instead is a product of the Roman 17th century school and features its classic transportation system: it is easy to carry on wagons during religious festivities and processions.

However, among the many examples that Amelia can boast, the most prestigious one is to be found in the church of the Benedictine nunnery of San Magno (1678, Willelm Hermans). This organ was supposed to be played by the cloistered women themselves. Its peculiarity is that of having one keyboard up in the choir, and one down on the church ground floor, in a closet.

Other noteworthy organs are located in the churches of Avigliano Umbro, Collicello, Foce, Guardea, Toscolano, and Giove. Nearly all of these, however, do not have a known precise date of production, except for the one preserved in the church of Santa Chiara in Lugnano in Teverina, which dates from the year 1756 and is autographed by the German master Johannes Conradus Werler.

Further confirming this long musical tradition, the town boasts the Maggio Organistico festival which for the past 30 years has seen the organization of numerous concerts in the area's church during the month of May.