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Wander between the fifteen thousand organ pipes of the Grande Organo del Duomo: a technological giant

A special report by DDay.it unveils the secrets of the great instrument

Grande Organo
27 February Feb 2019 1041 27 February 2019

A true marvel of both art and technology - There is quite simply no better way to define the Duomo di Milano's monumental organ, the largest in the whole of Italy.

The pages of duomomilano.it have often told readers of this timeless piece of history, where music and technology, sound and beauty, majesty and spirituality meet.

With five organ bodies, more than 15,800 pipes, and five keyboards, the Grande Organo truly is the Duomo's most powerful voice, and has accompanied it from the very start. Indeed, it was 1395 when the Veneranda Fabbrica entrusted Frà Martino de 'Stremidi with constructing the first instrument for the Cathedral.

The current organ, which was unveiled on 4 November 1938 to mark the fourth centenary of the birth of San Carlo Borromeo, was restored and replaced in its original position in the sanctuary in 1986, and is an extraordinary electromechanical masterpiece.

DDay.it, the Corriere della Sera's hi-tech newspaper, led by Director Gianfranco Giardina, has written a major report dedicated entirely to the Grande Organo del Duomo, covering eight whole pages - an exciting journey of discovery which reveals the innermost secrets of this incredible instrument. Now, with the assistance of Maestro Carlo Emanuele Vianelli, the Duomo's head organist, we invite you to climb aboard.

Here the D.Day report