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Musical Orchestra Clock to Play Wagner and Mozart in the Hermitage
8.08.2015 12:44
Musical Orchestra Clock to Play Wagner and Mozart in the Hermitage

The legendary Johann Strasser musical clock in the Hermitage Museum has been restored.

      The musical orchestra clock created by the famous horologist in the 18th century will reproduce music by the most famous composers of that era.

      It is the major work by Johann Strasse. He worked on it from 1793 to 1801. The mechanical orchestra looks like a church with columns and a pediment of mahogany with gilded bronze. The clock has a unique mechanical pipe organ of two orchestras accompanying each other.

      According to researchers, the clock was created by request of Catherine the Great. The musical mechanism was broken by the late 19th century. the restoration was carried out for about 2,5 years long.

Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Hermitage Museum Russian Museums    

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