The origins of the pipe organ can be traced back to Ancient Greece in the third century BC, making the organ one of the oldest musical instruments. The wind supply was originally created with water pressure; since the second century AD, bellows have been used Early portable organs were used to accompany both sacred and secular music. During the Renaissance period, the organ developed into a complex instrument capable of producing many different timbres and imitating other instruments. By the end of the seventeenth century, the organ was recognisably akin to the modern organ.
Pipe organs are found in churches and synagogues, as well as secular town halls and arts buildings, where they are used for the performance of classical music. The organ boasts a substantial repertoire of both sacred and secular music spanning a period of more than 400 years.