1. Famous Organists: Eugène Gigout

    In this episode of our Famous Organists Blog Series, we’ll be diving into the life and legacy of Eugène Gigout, a renowned organist and composer as well as an influential educator.  At Viscount Organs, we’re dedicated to all things pipe organs. From building innovative, elegant instruments to paying homage to the great minds who have influenced the wonderful world of organ music, we love sha…Read More

  2. Famous Organists: Jeanne Demessieux

    Viscount Organs is happy to bring you another installation of our Famous Organists Blog Series, this time examining an amazing organist, Jeanne Demessieux.  At Viscount Organs, we’re extremely passionate about paying homage to organists who have greatly impacted the world of organ music and to keeping those artists’ legacies alive.  A Pianist Turns Organist Jeanne Demessieux was born in Mont…Read More

  3. 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

  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: Rolande Falcinelli

    Rolande Falcinelli is the next subject of our Famous Organists series. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the life of this fabulous female organist and discuss what she contributed to the culture of organ music. An Artistic Existence Heralding from Paris, France, Falcinelli was born on February 20, 1920. Although she was the first career musician in her family, she was born into a family of visu…Read More

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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