Electronic Organ – Sheet Music & Scores

“There is nothing to playing the organ. You only have to hit the right notes at the right time and the instrument plays itself.” J.S Bach

Even the genius of Bach allowed a little humour now and then, and there is no instrument with more potential for musical delight than the electronic organ. Cast an eye over our sheet music, tuition books and scores for electronic organ, we have various genres and styles, for beginners through to advanced players, and start hitting all the right notes, hopefully at the right time, today.

The problem with the pipe organ was its size and accessibility. As an economical, practical and compact solution, the electronic organ was a logical development. Before the dawn of the electric organ, the Telharmonium was invented in 1904 by Thaddeus Cahill in Massachusetts, which employed rotating electromagnetic tone-wheels. Although it wasn’t widely adopted, it paved the way for Edouard Coupleux and Armand Givelet to build the first electronic organ, using electronic oscillators in France in 1928.

Arguably the most famous of all electronic organs is the Hammond organ, built in 1933-35 in Chicago by Laurens Hammond, which, inspired no doubt by Hammond’s extensive manufacturing and engineering experience, uses high-quality motorised tone-wheel generators. It has two manuals, and various stops and pedals, and by controlling the harmonics, can make a whole variety of different sounds.

In the later part of the 20th Century, organ manufacturers began to incorporate computer technology into the building of electronic organs, and by pre-recording pipe organs and programming micro-circuits, the selection of electronic organs on offer today is quite astounding for its accuracy and virtuosity.

Just as the keyboard and e-piano have become practical alternatives, and welcome developments to the piano, the electronic organ has found its place in churches, schools, concert halls and households alike.

A few suggestions for electronic organ