Latin Origins of the Organ

History of the organ

An exciting history of the unique instrument

The organ is one of the oldest, most complex and most glorious musical instruments known to man. The four-part series tells the history of this magnificent instrument, displaying the beauty of the sound it produces, the wealth of music written for it, the craftsmanship involved in building such a complicated and often ornate structure and the wonderful settings in which it has come to reside.

Volume 1

Starting out in the Verona workshop of Bartolomeo Formentelli, this episode travels through Italy, Spain and France to trace the origins, history and development of the organ. It encompasses the classical sobriety of the Italian style, the Golden Age of the organ in sixteenth-century Spain, and the French style of the eighteenth century.


Featuring music by: Pierre Attaignant Antonio de Cabezón Girolamo Frescobaldi Francisco Correa de Arauxo François Couperin Nicolas de Grigny Louis-Claude Daquin

Movie director : Nat Lilenstein

Duration : 55 min
Production date : 1997
Production : © FR3 / RM Arts / Tara Productions
Available version(s) : EN



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