1. Famous Organists: Dieterich Buxtehude

    Welcome back to the Viscount Organs blog series where we look into the lives and legacies of amazing pipe organists who have influenced the culture of pipe organ music. Today, we’ll be travelling back to the amazing Baroque period to take a look at the life of organist, Dieterich Buxtehude.  The Mysterious Life And Times Of Dieterich Buxtehude Interestingly enough, there is mystery surrounding …Read More

  2. Famous Organists: Louis Vierne

    Famous Organists: Louis Vierne This edition of our Famous Organists blog series is going to take a look at the life, interesting death, and influence of Louis Vierne, titulaire, or lead organist, at the Notre Dame Cathedral from 1900-1937. A Determined Youth Vierne was born into challenges on October 8, 1870, in Poitiers, France. Upon his birth, Vierne suffered from congenital cataracts, a birth c…Read More

  3. Famous Organists: Jehan Alain

    Jehan Alain is the focus of this Famous Organists blog. Although his life wasn’t long, he achieved many a musical accomplishment, and died a heroic death in World War II. Keep reading to learn more! A Family of Organists Born into the Alain family on February 11, 1911, Jehan Alain was the son of the brilliant organist Albert Alain, and his younger sister Maire-Claire Alain also matured into a hi…Read More

  4. Famous Organists: Pierre Cochereau

    Today’s Famous Organists blog will be focusing on the incredible Pierre Cochereau, an established concert organist and titulaire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.  An Unconventional Beginning Unlike most of the organists we’ve examined thus far in the Famous Organists blog series, Pierre Cochereau wasn’t immediately sent to a conservatory to hone his musical skills. Instead, he …Read More

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. The World’s Oldest Playable Pipe Organ

    The pipe organ is an ancient instrument. Indeed, many agree that the first pipe organ was created by a Greek engineer in the 3rd Century BCE. While the appearance and the means by which it is powered has changed dramatically in the thousands of years since then, in many ways it still functions in the same way. Air is channeled through pipes causing them to create beautiful tones. But while this is…Read More

  8. Famous Organists: Charles-Marie Widor

    The church organ has a long and storied history, going back for hundreds of years. During that time, countless accomplished musicians have sat at the bench and played stirring music of all kinds for innumerable audiences. But during the tenure of this King of Instruments, there have been some musicians that have stood out as masters in their art. Our Next Installment Viscount Organ has already hig…Read More

  9. The King Of Instruments

    The church organ is an iconic instrument. It’s nearly impossible not to imagine an organ inside of any of the great churches or basilicas of the world. The two are almost perfectly interlinked. The grand size and imposing sounds of the church organ have earned it the title of “King of Instruments” from many. But what makes this wonderous wind instrument the monarch of music? Join Viscount Or…Read More

  10. Organs At The Front Lines

    When we think about the music of the Second World War, often we think of ragtime, and big band jazz, and of course, thumping marching band music. It’s hard not to have Glenn Miller’s “American Patrol” playing along in your head when you think about the service members of WWII. But for many soldiers and sailors in WWII, music was not a luxury they got to enjoy every day. They might only hea…Read More