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The sound from an organ comes from of a set of pipes of different lengths, through which air is blown. The instrument is controlled by a keyboard resembling a piano keyboard. Large organs usually have two keyboards and a set of foot pedals arranged in the same manner as the piano keys.  Traditional church organs used mechanical bellows to generate the wind, but modern ones use electric fans.

Organ keyboards are called manuals, and the foot pedals are called the pedal-board.  Traditional organs also have a set of stops, which are knobs connected via levers to sliders which open or close ranks (or groups) of pipes. In this way, depressing a single key on one manual may sound several pipes simultaneously.  Different stops open different combinations of pipes, creating differing sound qualities or timbres.

Since the invention of the electronic oscillator, modern electric organs have been developed which simulate the sounds of traditional pipe organs quite successfully.  Even more realistic today are the sampled organ sounds used by modern digital keyboards and digital synthesizers.




Music featuring the Organ. Audio is available for 15 tunes for this instrument.
No.Name of WorkCategoryComposer
1 Ave MariaSacredCherubini
2 Ave Verum Corpus K618SacredMozart
3 Cantique de Jean RacineSongFauré
4 God Rest You Merry GentlemenSacredVarious
5 Hear my PrayerSacredMendelssohn
6 Jesu Joy of Man's desiringSacredBach
7 Joy to the WorldSacredHandel
8 LohengrinOperaWagner
9 O Come all ye FaithfulSacredVarious
10 O for the Wings of a Dove from Motet - Hear My PrayerSongMendelssohn
11 Organ Concerto No.4ConcertoHandel
12 Prelude in G minorShort PieceBuxtehude
13 Saviour, When in Dust to Thee (Hymn)SacredVarious
14 Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565Short PieceBach
15 While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by NightSacredHandel
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