Since 1975, the world has been playing and singing along to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” trying their best to hit every note, strumming along on air guitar, and thrashing their heads after the epic guitar solo starts.
But what if “Bohemian Rhapsody” had been written 70 years earlier?
This beautifully-preserved Marenghi Organ was built in 1905 and used as a fairground organ for carnivals and other attractions.
Alexey Romand first arranged Queen’s world-famous hit for organ and then transposed it into the physically intricate mechanical organ sheet music. As you can see in the video below, every single note in the song corresponds to the cut-out patterns in the music, including the detailed percussion built into the giant instrument.
Behind the organ, you can see tons of boxes filled with the massive sheet music used for this beautiful organ. Not only is this whole process fascinating, but this “Bohemian Rhapsody” cover sounds darn good! What other songs would you like to hear played carnival style?
Is this what “Bohemian Rhapsody” would sound like if it had been written 70 years earlier?