There's no sound more impressive than an organ turned up to eleven! With so many sets of pipes to choose from the player can make a range of different sounds on the instrument, and can combine sounds to produce earth-shaking effects. This piece is the Toccata from Widor's Fifth Organ Symphony, played here by Frederick Hohman in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey.

 

It is great to hear Bach's music played on an instrument for which it was written. Using the upper and lower keyboards, the player is able to produce louder and softer sounds, however, generally the music is all approximately the same volume level. Music played on the harpsichord sounds crisp and clear and it really suits the intricate polyphony that composers were writing in this period.

 

Here is the same piece, but this time played on a modern grand piano. You will hear that the instrument sounds very different to the harpsichord, and in addition, the player is able to vary how loud and soft he is playing by touch alone. This is a great performance as this player's light and clear touch on the instrument reminds us of the harpsichord.

 

This is a piece by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov, written at the start of the Twentieth Century. The music shows of the full range of pitches the piano can produce, and sets detached short playing along side some beautiful singing passages.

 

The piano hasn't just been used in classical music. Jazz musicians have often been drawn to the instrument as it allows them to explore complex harmonies and melodies on their own. This is a performance by Bill Evans, well known for playing with Miles Davis on the album "Kind of Blue".

 

Organ

There's no sound more impressive than an organ turned up to eleven! With so many sets of pipes to choose from the player can make a range of different sounds on the instrument, and can combine sounds to produce earth-shaking effects. This piece is the Toccata from Widor's Fifth Organ Symphony, played here by Frederick Hohman in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey.

Harpsichord

It is great to hear Bach's music played on an instrument for which it was written. Using the upper and lower keyboards, the player is able to produce louder and softer sounds, however, generally the music is all approximately the same volume level. Music played on the harpsichord sounds crisp and clear and it really suits the intricate polyphony that composers were writing in this period.

Piano

Here is the same piece, but this time played on a modern grand piano. You will hear that the instrument sounds very different to the harpsichord, and in addition, the player is able to vary how loud and soft he is playing by touch alone. This is a great performance as this player's light and clear touch on the instrument reminds us of the harpsichord.

Rachmaninov

This is a piece by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov, written at the start of the Twentieth Century. The music shows of the full range of pitches the piano can produce, and sets detached short playing along side some beautiful singing passages.

Bill Evans

The piano hasn't just been used in classical music. Jazz musicians have often been drawn to the instrument as it allows them to explore complex harmonies and melodies on their own. This is a performance by Bill Evans, well known for playing with Miles Davis on the album "Kind of Blue".