J.S. Bach Organ Works

Classical Academy | Instruments | Composers


One of the oldest musical instruments in the Western musical tradition is the organ. By around the 8th century it had overcome early associations with gladiatorial combat and gradually assumed a prominent place in the Catholic Church before later re-emerging as a secular and recital instrument.


As an organist and revered organ consultant, J.S. Bach wrote music that allowed this instrument to thrive. His Toccata and Fugue in D minor is arguably the most famous organ work of all time. Since Bach, several composers have produced interesting music for the organ that is rarely heard in concert.


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