If you pass a church and hear the organ being played, go inside and listen. If you are fortunate enough to be allowed to sit on the organist’s bench, then put your fingers on the keys and be astonished at the omnipotence of music. Miss no opportunity to practise on the organ. No other instrument takes such an immediate revenge on sloppiness in composition or playing.
Robert Schumann, Musical House- and Life-Rules
Organ-playing is the manifestation of a will filled with the vision of eternity.
Charles-Marie Widor, in an interview with Albert Schweitzer
Listen, and for organ music thou wilt ever, as of old, hear the Morning Stars sing together.
Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus
The organ is in truth the grandest, the most daring, the most magnificent of all instruments invented by human genius. It is a whole orchestra in itself. It can express anything in response to a skilled touch. Surely it is, in some sort, a pedestal on which the soul poises for a flight forth into space.
Honoré de Balzac, History of The Thirteen
When I told Herr Stein that … the organ was my passion, he was greatly surprised and said, ‘What! Can such a man as you, such a great pianist, wish to play on an instrument devoid of douceur, of expression, of piano and forte, one which is always the same?’. ‘Oh, there is nothing in that. The organ is still, to my eyes and ears, the king of instruments.’
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in a letter to his father
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