The Epiphany Season
Back in 1997, organ builder Manuel Rosales was supposed to have finished an organ, his Opus 27, at Indiana University.
But the School of Music and [Indiana] University counsel contest that Rosales was straying too far from the task.
"There were a number of stages outlined in the contract," [IU Organ Professor Larry] Smith said. "Once he was late on one deadline, he was late on everything else."
Sauers, Elisha. "Silenced Sounds." Indiana Daily Student 4 October 2005.
The organ was supposed to be finished in 1997.
Rosales ambiguously refers to "Completion: Summer 2001" on his Opus 27 webpage.
Now, 2005 is nearly over and the organ still isn't finished.
So what's Rosales working on, his website?
Yes! Take a look at www.rosales.com:
Our website is undergoing some changes. Please return November 10, 2005.
http://www.rosales.com 14 November 2005
Nothing happened last Thursday when we returned. Now Rosales is three days late on this new deadline that he set for himself.
Mr. Rosales, a message from the organ students in Bloomington: We have not forgotten and we will keep returning. Even if it's late, we can't wait for you to finish your new website! Even if it's late, we can't wait for you to finish your organ!
Tangents: The article I refer to above is now ironically available from the University's Office of Marketing and Publicity. I mean, is this something they want to publicize?
Why is it that a former dean of the Music School had his picture taken with the organ-shaped object? By it's appearance (as the first picture, no less) on Rosales's Opus 27 webpage, it takes on the impression of endorsement. If I were him, I would be quite embarrassed, and demand that it be removed.
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