Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is widely held to be one of the greatest rock songs of all time, and its sweeping melodies and majestic orchestra arrangements are instantly recognizable to millions of fans of all ages across the world. At the time that it was released in 1975, it was the most expensive single ever made. Although the song was a huge hit, the band met with a lot of resistance from record labels on both sides of the Atlantic over releasing a six-minute single.
Here, the song finds its way to a very unexpected medium when it is arranged by composer Alexey Rom to be playable on a 1905 81-key Marenghi Organ. As fairs and carnivals became increasingly popular towards the turn of the century, stalls needed to vie harder for people’s attention. Eventually, they started using elaborate self-playing mechanical organs to attract crowds. If I saw this gorgeous organ playing that awesome song, it would certainly grab my attention.