Better known to most as the theme music from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, John Philip Sousa’s The Liberty Bell March suits the sounds of a pipe organ very well indeed. Turn up your speakers and enjoy this lively performance by Jonathan Scott on the big Wurlitzer in Neuadd Pendre, Tywyn, Wales.
Awesome Pipe Organ
We never heard of a portative organ before, but it’s a type of small pipe organ that uses a bellows to push wind through its pipes. Nippocast spent a year building such an instrument from scratch and boiled down his efforts into this 20-minute time-lapse video. You can hear how the finished organ sounds here.
Hans Zimmer’s score from the movie Interstellar is one of the most powerful in recent memory. It’s even more impressive performed on the massive Walcker pipe organ at St. Paul’s Church in Strasbourg, France. The bigger the speakers you can play this through, the better. Arranged and performed by Antonino Buschiazzo.
Since witnessing the horror of The Exorcist in our youth, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells gives us chills every time we hear it. We think it’s even more creepy when performed on a church pipe organ, as demonstrated by musician Theo Hes and his helper flipping some of the controls.
While at the 2021 Transworld Halloween and Attractions Show in St. Louis, music director Tom BetGeorge (of Halloween lightshow fame) showed off his keyboard skills by playing Bach’s ominous Toccata and Fugue in D minor on a pipe organ that breathes fire as its keys are pressed. The organ was built by Johnathan Elkins.
A pipe organ is about the last instrument that comes to mind when we think of the pop-punk sounds of Green Day. But Wir sind da likes to defy expectations. So here it is in all its glory – a cover of Boulevard of Broken Dreams on a church organ. Check out their channel for more unexpected covers, including some Backstreet Boys.
Musician Jonathan Scott turned in an awe-inspiring performance of a tune normally reserved for a full orchestra – Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt. He played the solo arrangement on the gigantic pipe organ located at Müpa Budapest in Hungary. We can only imagine what this sounded like in person.