Organ, O sacred instrument and holy...

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from Dans la Gloire des Invalides by Marcel Dupré


Organ, O sacred instrument and holy, you will intone the words of the Almighty Father "is a pompous Maestoso of detached chords similar to Opus 18."[1]

The Latin invocation recited for this verset is: "Organum, sacrosanctum instrumentum, tu incipies laudem Patris omnipotentis."

Registration and Organs

Swell: Principals 8', 4', and 2', Reeds (16') and 8'

Great: Principals 8', 4', and 2', Mixtures

Pedal: Foundations 16' and 8', Reeds 16' and 8'

Swell to Great

Fingering and Pedaling

This piece contains a lot of manual blocked chords that are played detached. None of the chords go beyond the interval of an octave. Therefore, fingering this work should be relatively simple to do.

Much of the pedal line moves in a stepwise fashion and can be played legato by alternating toe and heel.

Articulation and Phrasing

The manual is played marcato, in contrast to the legato of the pedal line.


One grace note is indicated prior to the final chord. No added ornamentation is required for this piece.

Tempo and Meter

Maestoso, quarter note = 80

The meter is in common time throughout.

Scores and Editions

The approved edition of this piece, for the AGO Service Playing Exam, is published by Wayne Leupold.

Another edition was published in 2008 by Alfonse Leduc and is available at SheetMusicPlus.


See the Dans la gloire des Invalides page.

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  1. Smith, Rollin. The American Organist, 40.3 (Mar 2006): 89-90.

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