PDOA Organ Quiz

An organ quiz compiled by Fergus Black for the
Peterborough Diocesan Organists’ Association
President’s Evening, 2005

Printable pdf.s and the accompanying mp3 files can be downloaded here:–



Zip file of all the mp3 tracks (24Mb)

As an example, here is Round 1 - how many can you get?

Round 1 - Famous organists

(A) Famous organists (dead ones!) :–

guess this organist

1 __________________________________________

guess this organist

2 __________________________________________

guess this organist

3 __________________________________________

guess this organist

4 __________________________________________

(B) Famous organists (still alive) :–

guess this organist

5 __________________________________________

guess this organist

6 __________________________________________

guess this organist

7 __________________________________________

guess this organist

8 __________________________________________

(C) Listening test

Here’s some music by two of them:–

First, a piece by one of the dead men: PLAY 9

9 _________________________________________________

Now, a performance by one of the alive-and-kicking women. PLAY 10

10 ________________________________________________

Round 2 Miscellaneous
(A) A Question of Geography. In what country (or ocean in the case of #4) would you find these?
1 ________________________________________ 2 _____________________________________
3 ________________________________________ 4 _______________________________________
5 Extra mark if you can identify any one of them _________________________________________________
(B) Who’s who?
Here are four recordings of the opening of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in d minor BWV 565. Who is playing
which one?
6 (Recording No.1) Jean Guillou at the van den Heuvel organ of St Eustache, Paris
7 (Recording No.2) Calvin Hampton at the “organ” of Calvary Episcopal Church (USA?)
8 (Recording No.3) Karl Richter (unidentified organ)
9 (Recording No.4) Jacque van Oortmerssen at the Hinsz organ (1743) Bovenkerk, Kampen
(C) Dr Who?
10 This is Dr Who in Attack of the Cybermen. What it the thing he is touching, with stops and pipes?
Round 3 - Using your eyes!
Match up the organ cases, consoles, dates, countries (i.e. where the organ is located), and who the builders are.
If you get one mark for each of the five elements you get right in a line - that is you successfully match the
case, console, date, builder and country. If you only get four right, you get four marks, etc.
1 A
1862 J W Walker and Sons France
1693 Cavaillé-Coll England
1965 Arp Schnitger Germany
4 D
1910 Marcussen & Søn Holland
Round 4 - Travel broadens the mind
(A) French Classical Organ
We’ve all tried to play French Classical music on English organs, and wished we had a more appopriate
instrument. But would we know what to do if we had one?
Here are five typical registrations from the French Classical period. Can you place them in the order you hear
them? (each track lasts approx 1 minute)
Grand Jeu Tierce en taille Fonds d’orgue (Grand) Plein Jeu Jeu de tierce
1 ___________________________________________

2 ___________________________________________
3 ___________________________________________
4 ___________________________________________
5 ___________________________________________
(B) The Bells! The Bells!
Where are the bells? (not “Where is the organ!) (Again, you’ll get about a minute of each)
6 ___________________________________________
7 ___________________________________________
8 ___________________________________________
(C) The Mystic Orient? Don’t be fooled!
In what countries would you find these delightful instruments?
9 __________________________________ 10 _______________________________
Round 5 - Feathered Friends
Birds - what birds are these? If this is all too difficult, there is a crib sheet on the next page of the ten birds
(A) Two French Hens? No!
First of all a pair of birds which are often paired together - on an Engeringh Organ Clock of c.1770 (The track
is 1’45” long)
1 ___________________________________________
2 ___________________________________________
(B) Les Oiseaux
Next, a whole series of birds from Messiaen - his Meditation sur le Mystere de la Sainte Trinite, played by
Thomas Daniel Schlee at the Eglise de la Trinite. You will recall how this piece begins (I’ll play an extra track
here). Can you place these 7 birds in the order you hear them.
latin english french (as they appear in the score!)
aegolius funereus Tengmalm’s Owl Chouette de Tengmalm
Dryocopos martius Black Woodpecker Pic noir
Fringilla coelebs Chaffinch Pinson des arbres
sylvia borin Garden Warbler Fauvette des jardins
Troglodytes troglodytes Wren Troglodyte mignon
Turdus merula Blackbird Merle noir
Turdus philomelos Song Trush Grive musicienne
3 ___________________________________________
4 ___________________________________________
5 ___________________________________________
6 ___________________________________________
7 ___________________________________________
8 ___________________________________________
9 ___________________________________________
(C) Light Relief
Finally, by way of light relief: what birds are here?
10 ___________________________________________
Round 6 - More Birds!
Can you match the pictures with the birds from Round 5? (this has nothing to do with music, or the organ!)
1 ______________________ 2 _________________________ 3 __________________________
4 ____________________ 5 _____________________ 6 ____________________
7 ________________________ 8 __________________________________
9 ________________________ 10 ___________________
Round 7 - Who said?
(A) Famous Dead Germans
What famous composers, and I mean famous (as well as German and dead), said the following:
1 _______________________________________
2 _______________________________________
3 _______________________________________
4 _______________________________________
5 _______________________________________
6 _______________________________________
7 _______________________________________
9 _______________________________________
10 _______________________________________
1. “I, too, played the organ frequently in my youth,
but my nerves could not withstand the power
of this gigantic instrument. I should place an
organist who is master of his instrument at the
very head of all virtuosi.”
2. “In my eyes and ears, the organ will ever be the
king of instruments”
3. “Lose no opportunity of practising on the organ;
there is no instrument which takes a swifter
revenge on anything unclear or sloppy in
composition and playing.”
4. “There is nothing to it. You only have to hit the
right notes at the right time and the instrument
plays itself.”
5. “Joking apart, Prince Albert asked me to go to
him on Saturday at two o’clock so that I may try
his organ.”
(B) St Cecilia
6. When the full organ joins the tuneful choir,
Th’immortal Powr’s incline their ear.
7. ... this innocent virgin
Constructed an organ to enlarge her prayer,
And notes tremendous from her great engine
Thundered out on the Roman air.
8. And while the organs maden melodie
To God alone in hart thus sang she:
‘O Lord, my soule and eek my body gye
Unwemmed, lest confounded be.’
9. But oh! what art can teach,
What human voice can reach
The sacred organ’s praise?
Notes inspiring holy love,
Notes that wing their heavenly ways
To mend the choirs above.
10. Near gilded organ-pipes, her hair
Wound with white roses, slept St. Cecily.