Monaco Cathedral has housed various organs in the gallery above the narthex since it was first constructed. The first was installed in 1887. This was replaced by a larger organ 1922 to 1968, owned by Emile Bourdon. The current organ is a massive French-style 60-stop organ built in 1975 by organ makers Boisseau from Poitiers. This organ has 4840 pipes controlled by four keyboards.
This organ did not last that long and was completely overhauled in 1987. Restoration work was entrusted to Tamburini in Crema (Italy), commissioned by the Prince's Government and the National Commission of Organs to ensure that the Cathedral had an organ worthy of it. The restored organ was inaugurated on 29th May 1988 by Philippe Lefebvre, titular organist of Notre-Dame in Paris and by René Saorgin, titular organist of Monaco Cathedral.
Monaco now hosts the 'International Organ Festival', star of which is the cathedral organ, claimed to be the finest and most successful of the Cote d'Azur. From September to June, every Sunday at 10, the Mass is sung by 'Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco and La Maîtrise de la Cathédrale' (Small Singers of Monaco and Master of the Cathedral) and accompanied by the organ.
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lousat (78993) 2012-09-26 4:33
Hi Barbara,perfect geometric capture of the very original interiors of the Monaco cathedral,perfect light management,details and colors,not easy!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
janjan1897 (1783) 2012-09-26 4:53
I love that contrast between the architecture of this ancient cathedral and the modern style organ lit up with neon purple colour like some nightclub illumination ! You could be expecting that the lights go flashing when the organ plays ! Perfect framing and light management. Well done.
aliabazari (15995) 2012-09-26 4:54
Another blog Monaco. This image has proven its ability as a photographer, a sharp-eyed again.
I love this picture clarity. Nicely done.
raszid62 (18585) 2012-09-26 5:09
Proste wnętrze kościoła z pięknymi murami i pięknym wystrojem. ze stylowym wnętrzem fajnie kontrastuje nowoczesny żyrandol rozsiewający piękne światło. Doskonała jakość obrazu.
pajaran (53269) 2012-09-26 5:12
Dobar tekst o Katedrali, i orgulje ...
Lep pogled na orgulje i enterijer sa lepim detaljima.
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, moje cestitke na dobrom prikazu.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Good article on the Cathedral, the organ ...
Nice view of the organ and the interior with beautiful details.
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good composition, my congratulations on a good display.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
Nicou (124948) 2012-09-26 6:16
Fantastique cadrage et image sueprbe compo et captage quelle forme quels arches et rendu sur la pierre superbe ces lumičre qui se contrastent une emrveille.
Bravo et amitié
krzychu30 (15510) 2012-09-26 7:36
niby Monako to malutkie Ksiestwo,a ile w nim interesujacych miejsc.Jak np.ta wspaniala Katedra.Jej wnetrze jest naprawde piekne.Natomiast twoje wykonanie jest perfekcyjne.Ostrosc,znakomicie dobrana ekspozycja sprawiaja,ze mozemy tu podziwiac wnetrze Katedry w jak najlepszej jakosci.Do tego super kolorystyka zdjecia.Niesamowicie wygladaja te podswietlone na niebiesko organy na tle kamiennych murow swiatyni.
Jestem pod wrazeniem twojej pracy.Zdjecie jest naprawde piekne.
eldancer1 (29373) 2012-09-26 9:19
Wow! Very unusual organ and I love the colors. Great lighting considering you are only using what's available. Good dof with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
tedesse (25133) 2012-09-26 11:37
Interesujacy POV, piekne wnetrze.
Super kolory, ostrosc i swiatlo.
cornejo (33202) 2012-09-26 11:52
Hi Barbara, excellent pov in this spectacular picture of this modern organ in contrast to the ancient architecture. Very good and nice picture with clarity, depth, light and beautiful color. Very good and nice job perfectly done. Congratulations my friend, TFS.
Good night and happy week.
Best regards and best wishes.
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-09-26 11:54
Ola Barbara ,
Lindo o interior desta catedral o piano é magnifico com esta luz moderna , gostei bem original , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
yquem46 (38746) 2012-09-26 12:02
Nice luminous shot of this cathedral in Monaco
Excellent use of the contrast of the beige stones with the violet organ
Bravo, well done
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-26 16:35
an another splendid interior photo with spectacular composition and beautiful details, great lights and the POV is excellent, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
bona (13093) 2012-09-26 17:08
this organ with this light seems not a old organ but very futuristic! Love the blue light. the sharpness is very impressive!
Fis2 (87247) 2012-09-27 0:45
Ciekawy nowoczesny prospekt w starej oprawie.
Ladny kadr i kolory.
macjake (57712) 2012-09-27 8:49
I would think this photo was taken in HDR!
the lighting in the underside of the arches is remarkable, i wouldn't think you'd be able to capture that light without HDR.
a beautiful and technically sound photo. the sharpness is superb and really shows itself well.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-09-27 11:14
The light and color are fantastic in the middle of this forest of columns and arches. A beautiful view, and outstanding quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
anokutan (15097) 2012-09-27 13:53
Excellent pov in this spectacular picture.Very good and nice picture with clarity, depth, light and beautiful color.
Alco (7008) 2012-09-27 20:28
Superb shot of these organs.The light management is perfectly well done and the sharpness is outstanding.Very well done.
Have a nice weekend.
ikeharel (59393) 2012-09-28 2:47
The modern Organ on a balcony, with fabulous violet light & colors, looks as an electronically operated aparatus. Hope it sounds like the old traditional pipes organ. Yet, a beautifully placed on the balcony, emmiting fabulous color.
Nice taken shot indoor's.
Highmountains (2255) 2012-09-28 13:21
Enthralling colours, with the glow and shine of the organ being a sharp contrast to the clear, saturated brown of the walls on either side.
The tall columns and the clear sharp details of the walls makes the photograph compact in its composition.
The prominent archways and columns on left and right & the tall arch over the organ unifies the scene and makes it more beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.
Silvio1953 (125443) 2012-09-29 4:01
Ciao Barbara, great view of fantastic organ, splendid light, good symmetry. excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
clic (15348) 2012-09-29 7:21
Wonderful symmetrical view, surgically-cropped for a perfect visual balance, featuring the paradoxal view of the modern instrument so pleasingly-adapted to those historic walls for a youthful course!
Cricri (108559) 2012-09-29 8:56
Un POV et cadrage qui donne un effet géométrique, les détails et la gestion des lumičres sont excellent, bravo
delpeoples (53469) 2012-09-30 2:32
Hi dear Barb
What beautiful lighting here, particularly the violet coloured lights around the organ. Impressive symmetry and light control, with a superb play of light and shade. Excellent shot and really beautiful.
vjmite (3980) 2012-10-13 4:21
This photo is well composed, sharp, and has excellent exposure to bring out the colours of the organ, as well a the architectural details around it. Well done.
jmdias (56931) 2012-10-27 6:28
I didn't remember this light in this area. fantastic detail of the internal part of the building. I liked the visual elements here. perfect image. TFS.
elenimavrandoni (14207) 2013-01-07 21:56
Hello Barbara, very impressive picture of a very impressive Cathedral interior!
A part of a very historical Cathedral in a sharp and beautiful picture!
- Copyright: Barbara Stec (Sonata11) (33298)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-30
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Tamron 18-270 F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/30 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-26 4:14