Listen Up! “O” is for Organ


We’re more than halfway through the alphabet, and I hope you’re enjoying these blog posts. As you can see, I’ve tried to keep the reading to a minimum, because these posts really are all about listening – to the sound, to the melody, to the interpretation. A little bit of history, especially for some of the more obscure instruments, is essential.

Anyway, “O” is for organ. It was either that or oboe, and I love them both equally. The word organ is from the Greek ὄργανον organon, meaning instrument or tool. It was played throughout the Greek and Roman world, particularly during races and games. I hear an organ, I think church. Or a baseball game.

Steven Eaklor, of the Chicago Area Theater Organ Enthusiasts, is featured here. Is he The World’s Best Organ Player? You decide.



I guess it’s an acquired taste. I’ve heard beautiful music come from organs, but that… well, I didn’t enjoy it. But I did enjoy your post. Found you on Janet’s blog, but I’m doing the A-Z challenge, too.
JEN Garrett

I love when they play the organ in church. It’s so lovely.

Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!
A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy

Our Art Galley and Museum has an organ in its main hall and there are free concerts on Sunday afternoons. It’s wonderful.

Organs and churches. I do not think I have ever heard one outside of a church.

Me too, I think of church especially. I think it’s amazing how people can coax sound out of these, especially the BIG ones! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @

I’m so glad our organist was joking, when he said he was going to get a drum machine installed. Each to their own. Sue

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