The Organ in the Modern Era

History of the organ

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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 4

Tracing the organ's development, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day, this episode visits France and Switzerland. The impact of changes in society, tastes and musical styles, as well as technological advances, are examined and illustrated with music by Gherardeschi, Reger, Franck, Alain and Messiaen.


Ton Koopman
Marie-Claire Alain
René Saorgin
Ben van Ousten
Louis Robilliard
Xavier Darasse

Works by:

Giuseppe Gerardeschi
Max Reger
Cesar Franck
Jehan Ariste Alain
Olivier Messiaen

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