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.