The Magnificent Organ

This post is an ongoing collection of some of the most magnificent organ music that I have found. The organ is, in my opinion, one of the most magnificent and versatile instruments ever created. Depending on its size, a pipe organ can play a wide variety of different sounds and types of music. This list of music will continue to grow as long as I keep finding magnificent music! Some of these pieces are sacred, and some are secular…but to me, the feeling of hearing music from a pipe organ transcends all other sounds and connects me closer to God in worship.

Feel free to post a comment with what your favorite organ music is…I’d love to hear!

Mit Freuden Zart – melody from Une pastourelle gentille, 1529

Passcaglia and Fugue in C Minor (BWV 582); Hans-Andre Stamm

Toccata from the Cinquième Symphonie pour orgue, op. 42, no. 1; by Charles-Marie Widor

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; Martin Luther

Sixième Symphonie: I. Allegro; Charles-Marie Widor

Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr (BWV 664); Johann Sebastian Bach

Helmsley; Augustine Arne (melody) (click here for the story about this hymn tune on Hymnary.org)

Eventide; William Henry Monk (click here for the story about this hymn tune on Hymnary.org)

Toccata Brevis; Daniel Gawthrop:

Grand Choeur Dialogue; Eugène Gigout:

Toccata; Theodore Dubois (and an interesting story about the organ at the Bern Münster Cathedral in Switzerland):

Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense; Paul Manz:

Nimrod (from Enigma Variations); Sir Edward Elgar (this piece starts very quietly, and then builds in intensity up to the end. skip forward to 1:12 to hear the explanation of the piece, or 1:43 to go directly to the beginning of the piece):

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