Attempts to reproduce musical melodies without the participation of the performer began in the 17th century. The system of playing musical pieces by a mechanism was first used in tower clocks, then organ organs, music boxes, organs and phonols appeared. The development of engineering thought made it possible to apply more and more complex design solutions.

The mechanical organ, one of the most perfect instruments that has survived to our time, is located in the Music Room of the Yusupov Palace. An intricate musical machine appeared in the prince's house in the first half of the 19th century. The completeness of the instrument has been preserved - all 9 shafts, on which the popular at that time works of European composers D. Rossini, D. Aubert, G. Spontini and others are recorded.

Time did not spare the musical curiosity - in the 1960s it was concluded that the state of the organ allows its use only for details. Despite this, the talented specialist E. N. Neklepaev began to restore the unique instrument and was able to breathe new life into it. The music of the mechanical organ sounded again within the walls of the aristocratic mansion.

You can hear it, see the ancient mechanism in action and even look inside the instrument in the Excursion with a musical miniature program.