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The Pipe Organ At St. Mark’s Cathedral – 1245 Tenth Avenue East – Capitol Hill – Seattle, WA

The fourth thing you encounter at St. Mark’s Cathedral is when you finally turn around (the A Humble Cathedral post discusses the first three).

In an exposed loft at the rear of the Cathedral, constructed of bare concrete, sits the D. A. Flentrop organ. It was originally installed in 1965 and was chosen primarily so the music of J. S. Bach could rock the place literally and figuratively. In 1995 Paul Fritts & Company repaired and updated the instrument including adding a 32′ long pedal reed.

I think it sufficient to say that this instrument is huge and is stunning both to look at and to hear. It is the perfect counter point to the overall austerity of St. Mark’s interior.

Copyright 2012 By Katherine Johnson – All Rights Reserved.