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Notre Dame

de Paris 1 - 2

6 Parvis Notre-Dame , 75004 Paris Orgue de tribune

1402 : Frederic Schambantz

1415 : Jean Chahancel

1458: Jean Bourdon

1476 Jean Robelin

1540: Pasquier Bauldry

1564 : Nicolas Dabenei

1609 et 1620 : Valeran de Hewn

1636 et 1646: Pierre Thierry

1672 : Jacques Carouge

1691: Alexandre Thierry, Hippolyie Ducastel

1699 : Jean Bessart

1733 : Francois Thierry

1783: Francois-Henri Clicquot

1812 : Pierre-Francois Dallery

1838 : Louis-Paul Dallery

1868 et 1894 : Aristide Cavaille-Coll

1904 : Charles Mutin

1932 : Societe Cavaille-Coll, Joseph Beuchet

1963 : Jean Hermann

1966: Robert Boisseau

1975 : Jean-Loup Boisseau

1992 : Boisseau, Cattiaux, Emeriau, Giroud,

            Societe Synaptel

2014 : Bertrand Cattiaux, Pascal Quoirin

V/113 - electrical/digital traction - stoplist

Description of console

Video of the organ loft and console

This masterpiece of early-Gotic architecture was built between 1163-1345, replacing a Merovingian Cathedral, St. Stephen. During the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV, the cathedral was much altered, as Gothic style was considered outdated. During the revolution, many of the treasures of the cathedral were destroyed. The cathedral's organ and great bell Emmanuel (15 th century) managed to avoid being destructed. The badly damaged cathedral was restored in 1845- 1870 by Lassus and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. In fact, quite a few parts of the present cathedral do originate from the 19th century! From 1991 onwards, a major program of maintenance and restoration has been carried out. In the future, new and comprehensive restoration works have to be carried out. Both its exterior and its interior are overwhelming - a maginifcent housing for its organ!

Organiste titulaire

Vincent Dubois, Olivier Latry, Philippe Lefebvre Organiste titulaire émérite: Jean-Pierre Leguay Famous organists in the past: Louis-Claude Daquin, Claude-Bénigne Balbastre, Nicolas Séjan, Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet Charpentier, Louis Vierne, Léonce de Saint- Martin, Pierre Cochereau.

Concerts

Each saturday-evening, 8 PM Regularly on Tuesday-eveing, 8.30 PM

Masses with organ

Saturday 6.30 PM Sunday 10, 11.30, 12.45 AM                 and 5.45 PM (Vespers), 6.30 PM (Mass) Videos Olivier Latry Vincent Dubois Philippe Lefebvre Jean-Pierre Leguay Johan Vexo Maurice Duruflé: ... placed an a dais situated in the middle of a spacious organ loft with thé immense nave of the cathedral in het organist's view. Like a ship's captain on the bridge, he takes in the great open sea. It is an absolutely intoxicating experience. (L'Orgue, no 162, april-june 1977) Louis Vierne: At Notre Dame, with the console about seven feet out from the case, the player hears the sound directly and in all its power. It is a joy seldom experienced elsewhere.
Photo: Jeroen de Haan The first instrument is mentioned as early as 1357. In 1403, a new organ is built. Till 1730, there is a history of many transformations and extensions. The present organ originates from a new organ constructed by François Thierry in 1730-33. This instrument was renovated and extended in 1783-88 by François-Henri Clicquot. In 1864-68, the positive was taken away by Violet le Duc (it is still stored somewhere in the cathedral) and the Clicquot organ was transformed into a symphonic organ by Cavaillé-Coll. He introduced a novelty here by extending the harmonics using a 7th and its octaves. In the years 1959 - 1968 the instrument was electrified, extended and reharmonized par Jean Hermann and Robert Boisseau and lost its symphonic character. In 1990-92, a large-scale restoration was carried out by Boisseau & Cattiaux, Emeriau, Giroud, returning the organ to its symphonic character of the 19th century, while maintaining the classical 32' grand choeur as reconstructed in the past century. In 2012-2014, the organ was restorated again and enlarged by Bertrand Cattiaux and Pascal Quoirin. They installed a new computer traction, repaired the sunken pipes, cleaned the organ and modified the "small pedal" into a ‘resonnance’ board. A register system motorized by high-pressure pneumatic actuators was supplied to replace Cavaille-Coll's action stop ties and the pneumatic stop tie machines were completely restored. 33 stops are from before the revolution, around 50 are from Cavaillé-Coll. This organ is superb! Together with the great acoustiscs of this cathedral, the organ sounds incredibly beautiful and its power goes beyond all imagination. FiIm: In the belly of the organ of Notre Dame (ARTE, in French)
Organs of Paris

Notre Dame

de Paris 1 - 2

6 Parvis Notre-Dame , 75004 Paris Orgue de tribune

1402 : Frederic Schambantz

1415 : Jean Chahancel

1458: Jean Bourdon

1476 Jean Robelin

1540: Pasquier Bauldry

1564 : Nicolas Dabenei

1609 et 1620 : Valeran de Hewn

1636 et 1646: Pierre Thierry

1672 : Jacques Carouge

1691: Alexandre Thierry, Hippolyie Ducastel

1699 : Jean Bessart

1733 : Francois Thierry

1783: Francois-Henri Clicquot

1812 : Pierre-Francois Dallery

1838 : Louis-Paul Dallery

1868 et 1894 : Aristide Cavaille-Coll

1904 : Charles Mutin

1932 : Societe Cavaille-Coll, Joseph Beuchet

1963 : Jean Hermann

1966: Robert Boisseau

1975 : Jean-Loup Boisseau

1992 : Boisseau, Cattiaux, Emeriau, Giroud,

            Societe Synaptel

2014 : Bertrand Cattiaux, Pascal Quoirin

V/113 - electrical/digital traction - stoplist

Description of console

Video of the organ loft and console

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This masterpiece of early-Gotic architecture was built between 1163-1345, replacing a Merovingian Cathedral, St. Stephen. During the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV, the cathedral was much altered, as Gothic style was considered outdated. During the revolution, many of the treasures of the cathedral were destroyed. The cathedral's organ and great bell Emmanuel (15 th century) managed to avoid being destructed. The badly damaged cathedral was restored in 1845-1870 by Lassus and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. In fact, quite a few parts of the present cathedral do originate from the 19th century! From 1991 onwards, a major program of maintenance and restoration has been carried out. In the future, new and comprehensive restoration works have to be carried out. Both its exterior and its interior are overwhelming - a maginifcent housing for its organ! The first instrument is mentioned as early as 1357. In 1403, a new organ is built. Till 1730, there is a history of many transformations and extensions. The present organ  originates from a new organ constructed by François Thierry in 1730-33. This instrument was renovated and extended in 1783-88 by François-Henri Clicquot. In 1864-68, the positive was taken away by Violet le Duc (it is still stored somewhere in the cathedral) and the Clicquot organ was transformed into a symphonic organ by Cavaillé-Coll. He introduced a novelty here by extending the harmonics using a 7th and its octaves. In the years 1959 - 1968 the instrument was electrified, extended and reharmonized par Jean Hermann and Robert Boisseau and lost its symphonic character. In 1990-92, a large-scale restoration was carried out by Boisseau & Cattiaux, Emeriau, Giroud, returning the organ to its symphonic character of the 19th century, while maintaining the classical 32' grand choeur as reconstructed in the past century. In 2012-2014, the organ was restorated again and enlarged by Bertrand Cattiaux and Pascal Quoirin. They installed a new computer traction, repaired the sunken pipes, cleaned the organ and modified the "small pedal" into a ‘resonnance’ board. A register system motorized by high-pressure pneumatic actuators was supplied to replace Cavaille-Coll's action stop ties and the pneumatic stop tie machines were completely restored. 33 stops are from before the revolution, around 50 are from Cavaillé-Coll. This organ is superb! Together with the great acoustiscs of this cathedral, the organ sounds incredibly beautiful and its power goes beyond all imagination. FiIm: In the belly of the organ of Notre Dame (ARTE, in French)

Organiste titulaire

Vincent Dubois, Olivier Latry, Philippe Lefebvre Organiste titulaire émérite: Jean-Pierre Leguay Famous organists in the past: Louis-Claude Daquin, Claude- Bénigne Balbastre, Nicolas Séjan, Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet Charpentier, Louis Vierne, Léonce de Saint-Martin, Pierre Cochereau.

Concerts

Each saturday-evening, 8 PM Regularly on Tuesday-eveing, 8.30 PM

Masses with organ

Saturday 6.30 PM Sunday 10, 11.30, 12.45 AM                 and 5.45 PM (Vespers), 6.30 PM (Mass) Videos Olivier Latry Vincent Dubois Philippe Lefebvre Jean-Pierre Leguay Johan Vexo Maurice Duruflé: ... placed an a dais situated in the middle of a spacious organ loft with thé immense nave of the cathedral in het organist's view. Like a ship's captain on the bridge, he takes in the great open sea. It is an absolutely intoxicating experience. (L'Orgue, no 162, april-june 1977) Louis Vierne: At Notre Dame, with the console about seven feet out from the case, the player hears the sound directly and in all its power. It is a joy seldom experienced elsewhere.