King of Instruments

Series produced by Brent Johnson

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A one-hour show of classical pipe organ music

The King of Instruments is produced by the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in conjunction with the Organ Media Foundation. The show features an hour of classical organ music, both sacred and secular, and from commercial recordings and from live events in and around St. Louis.


30 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Joseph Casavant
Canadian organ builder Joseph Casavant was born January 23, 1807 in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. He constructed 17 organs in his lifetime, and although...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2024
  • Length: 01:00:00
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Andreas and Gottfried Silbermann were organ-building brothers whose lives spanned the latter 17th-century to the mid-18th century. One built instru...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2024
  • Length: 01:00:00
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An exploration of organ music by women composers, from the 17th century to the modern day.

Bought by WNMU-FM


  • Added: Jan 03, 2024
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 1
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We celebrate Christmas Even this week with an hour of classical organ music for Christmas.

  • Added: Dec 18, 2023
  • Length: 01:00:00
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Winter is approaching so this week we have an hour of organ music in the spirit of Winter!

  • Added: Dec 11, 2023
  • Length: 01:00:00
Caption: César Franck
It took a Belgian composer to convince France of the value of German musical ideals. In this episode we investigate César Franck’s legacy as a te...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2023
  • Length: 01:00:00
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An hour of classical organ music for the first Sunday of Advent

  • Added: Nov 27, 2023
  • Length: 01:00:00
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Classical organ music for the season of Thanksgiving

  • Added: Nov 22, 2023
  • Length: 01:00:00
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James D. Hicks plays organ music from Nordic countries.

  • Added: Nov 18, 2023
  • Length: 01:00:00
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Organ music celebrating Thanksgiving Day

Bought by WVIA


  • Added: Dec 10, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 1
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We ring in the new year with some friends who've all brought their favorite organ works to the party.

  • Added: Dec 27, 2023
  • Length: 01:00:00
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Composers have been using chant melodies to create new music for hundreds of years. This week we explore some modern works all created around 4 an...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2024
  • Length: 01:00:00
Caption: Felix Mendelssohn
From the age of 11 until his death, Felix Mendelssohn played and composed music for the organ. On The King of Instruments we’re acknowledging Mende...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2024
  • Length: 01:00:00
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This week we remember the organist and composer who died on December 25, 2023.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we explore organ music based on three popular hymntunes.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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For Women's history month, we look at organ music created by women over the years. We start with music from Europe and beyond.

  • Added: Mar 04, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we turn our focus to home and bring you an hour of music penned by American women, some familiar, and some that may be new to you. We'll...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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We’re continuing our commemoration of Women’s History Month with an episode of music recorded by the enormously gifted, and very influential women ...

Bought by KRVS


  • Added: Mar 20, 2024
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week we highlight the work of American organist and pedagogue Damin Spritzer. Spritzer has enthusiastically brought a new awareness to some co...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Mar 20, 2024
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week we feature music suitable for Easter Sunday and works based on Easter hymntunes and chants.

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), KTXK, and WVTF


  • Added: Mar 25, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3