1. Famous Organists: César Franck

    Our next blog on the famous organists of history is about César Franck, a Beligian born organist and composer with quite the interesting life story.  Franck was an extremely talented organist who composed many pieces that are still staples in organist repertoires today. An Intensive Early Life  Born in Liège, Belgium, on December 10, 1822 (when it was still the United Kingdom of the Netherland…Read More

  2. Famous Organists: Albert Schweitzer

    Albert Schweitzer was a man of many titles. Although he’s recognized as a Nobel Laureate, theologian, philosopher, and a musician (just to name a few), here at Viscount Organs, we’re most excited about this polymath’s reputation as an organist, as well as his impact on organ culture.  In this blog, we’ll be continuing our series that looks into the lives of famous organists, more specific…Read More

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    Famous Organists: Jimmy Smith

    In the next installation of our Famous Organists blog series, we will be discussing the legendary Jimmy Smith, a jazz organist who is ubiquitously recognized as the musician who popularized and legitimized the tonewheel organ.   A Musical Background James (Jimmy) Smith was born December 8, 1925 (or possibly 1928, reports vary) in Norristown, Pennsylvania, a small town outside of Philadelphia.…Read More

  4. Famous Organists: Marie-Claire Alain

    In the next installment of our Famous Organists blog series, we will be taking a look at the incredible Marie-Claire Alain. A Family of Organists On August 10, 1926, Marie-Claire Alain was born near Paris, France, into a prodigious family of organists and musicians. Her father, Albert Alain, composed for the organ, built organs, and played the organ for his local parish. Her brother, Jehan Alain, …Read More

  5. The Legend Series: Paying Homage to Tonewheel Organs

    The Hammond Organ was the world’s first introduction to tonewheel organs — and at that, electronic organs — in 1935. Quickly rising in popularity, Hammond Organs became the go-to organs for their portability, affordability, and amazing sound, becoming a legend in the history of organs. It’s because of its prolific effect on organs and electronic instruments as a whole that Viscount Organs …Read More

  6. A New Custom Hybrid Viscount Organ Installed in Pennsylvania

    After much deliberation, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Altoona, PA determined that their new organ must match the same beauty, visually and sonically, already found in their gorgeous church. For this reason, they chose a custom Viscount Hybrid Organ with Physis® Technology.  Considerable effort was made to bring their highly altered Estey Pipe Organ (Opus 2155) back to its original…Read More

  7. Pulling Out All Of The Stops

    After a particularly impressive effort at work or on the playing field, or at the most climactic point in a film, you might have heard someone mention that “they pulled out all of the stops.” In common use, it’s considered high praise, but for church organ players, the phrase has a very different meaning. Viscount Organs will explore the origins of this common phrase in our latest blog post.…Read More

  8. The Church Organ In Film

    While many organists likely think of the instrument in the context of great performance halls or church settings, for the average listener, the church organ is distinctly tied to the soundtracks of popular media. In particular, film has shaped many people's understanding of the instrument and its use to convey drama, tension, and fear. While not nearly as prolific as the history of the instrument …Read More

  9. The Wanamaker Organ

    The pipe organ is referred to the King of Instruments for many reasons, and size is, of course, one of them. Pipe Organs are well known for their grandiose size and incredible range of tones and voices. But despite many organs filling entire churches or buildings, one pipe organ, in particular, can claim the title of “The World’s Largest Organ.” The Wanamaker Organ resides in Philadelphia an…Read More

  10. The American Guild Of Organists

    At the beginning of this month, Viscount Organs was thrilled to be a featured part of the 2018 National American Guild of Organists Convention. As always, the convention was a smash hit, and to thank our gracious hosts, we thought we would take a few moments to talk about the Guild, its mission, history, and purpose. Join Viscount Organs as we discuss this important part of the organ playing cultu…Read More