‘The centenary Sounds’ of the organ, the musical instrument par excellencewere heard on Sunday night in the Lumbrales Parish Church during the concert offered by David Largo Dios, titular organist of the cathedral of Palencia and professor at the Segovia Conservatory. The public was able to enjoy listening to works by renowned composers from the 16th to the 18th centuries, the golden age of the organ in Spain.
The church of Lumbrales preserves a valuable musical instrument located in the choir, at the end of the main nave. Before the altar of the church, a large screen was placed from which the organist’s performance could be followed, a performance accompanied by data on the works, the composers and the history of organ music provided by Samuel Maillo.
The organ of the church of Our Lady of the Assumption of Lumbrales was built in 1804 “with a technique and an aesthetic line typical of the best moments of the Spanish organ building of the 18th century“, as stated in his day Miguel Ángel Avendaño Ruiz, who was in charge of its restoration in 1987. Inside you can read the following inscription: “In Madrid, for Mr. Tomás Risueño, Organ Builder of the four military orders, being Beneficiary Rector of the Holy Church D. Francisco Piñeiro de Lara, year of 1804“.
The box is built following the lines of neoclassical style, contrasting with the main altarpiece of the church, Herrerian court. It consists of a manual keyboard of 45 short octave notes, with eight registers for the left hand and the same number for the right hand, split from the central C sharp, and has 619 pipes. It is one of the few historical organs that are preserved in the province of Salamanca.
II Cycle of organ concerts
The organist Samuel Maillo is the promoter of the II Cycle of Organ Concerts of the province of Salamancawhich under the name of ‘The Centennial Sounds’ has been organized by the Salamanca Provincial Council and in which the city councils and parishes of the Salamancan municipalities that preserve some of the historical organs of the province collaborate.
With this cultural initiative se aims to promote knowledge of organ music, value the rich heritage of the province and do it with centuries-old instruments that remain in operation, offering the possibility of listening to music performed for centuries.
In this second edition, which was launched on September 30 and will run until November 13, sA total of 14 concerts have been scheduled, two in each of the seven participating municipalitieswith national and other international pianists from countries such as Italy or Portugal.
The next concert is scheduled for on October 15 at the convent of the Augustinian Mothers of San Felices de los Gallegos and run by Samuel Maillo. the second concert in the church of Lumbraleswith the organist André Ferreira, is scheduled to on November 5.
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Music fills the church of Lumbrales from the ‘Centennial Sounds’ of the 1804 organ
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