Organ Day

A wide variety of improvisations, interesting facts about the organ and a thrilling sound: the Elbphilharmonie’s Organ Day.

The organ is also known as the »king of all instruments«, and its imposing appearance does more than enough justice to this title. But how exactly does such a magnificent instrument work? What are the differences between the Elbphilharmonie's organ and its relatives in Hamburg's other concert halls and churches? You will get the answers to all these questions and more at the Elbphilharmonie's »Organ Day«. At this jovial improvisation concert, all the stops are pulled out – quite literally.

Top Hamburg organists

The Elbphilharmonie's Organ Day features organists from the city's principal churches, as well as Thomas Cornelius, who regularly plays the Elbphilharmonie organ and knows the instrument like no-one else. And as virtuosos with a special penchant for improvisation, these artists are all open to the odd musical joke…

Thomas Cornelius and Clemens Matuschek at the Organ Day
Thomas Cornelius and Clemens Matuschek at the Organ Day © Claudia Höhne

The Hamburg organists – in 2018, there were Thomas Cornelius, Thomas Dahl and Manuel Gera, supported by Clemens Matuschek’s moderation – demonstrate the whole range of sound that can be produced on 4,765 pipes, and explain how the way an organ sounds has changed in the course of music history.

Video: Organ Day 2018

Organ Day 2018
Organ Day 2018 © Claudia Höhne

Make a wish!

And that isn't all! Before the event, the Elbphilharmonie community ist regularly asked through the social media networks and the Elbphilharmonie newsletter to submit the names of works or songs that they particularly want to hear played on the Elbphilharmonie pipe organ.

Der Tag der Orgel 2018
Der Tag der Orgel 2018 © Claudia Höhne

In 2018, well over 1,000 suggestions were submitted, and these served as inspiration for Gera, Dahl and Cornelius in the second half of the concert.

Improvisation by Thomas Cornelius

Thomas Cornelius
Thomas Cornelius © Claudia Höhne

Did you find out all the works played?

  • Songs from Thomas Cornelius’ Improvisation
    • Limp Bizkit - Behind Blue Eyes
    • Sportfreunde Stiller - Ein Kompliment
    • Coldplay - Clocks
    • The Beatles - Let it Be
    • Gigi D'Agostino - L'amour toujours
    • Rammstein - Morgenstern
    • Rammstein - Engel
    • Zimmer/Badelt - Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Scooter - I Like it Loud
    • Scooter - Bora Bora Bora
    • Liquido - Narcotic

Improvisation by Thomas Dahl

Thomas Dahl
Thomas Dahl © Claudia Höhne

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