de Paris 1 - 2
6 Parvis Notre-Dame , 75004 Paris
Orgue de choeur
1869 - Merklin (buffet)
1968 - Boisseau
1970/1978/1989 - Jean-Loup Boisseau
2005 - Philippe Guyonnet & Bertrand
April, 15, 2019
A very, very black day in the history of
Paris, France and the world: Notre-Dame-
de-Paris is severly damaged by a great
fire. The choir organ has been flooded
severely and is profoundly damaged.
The organ builders Cattiaux-Chevron have
completed the dismantling of the most
fragile parts of the instrument in July
2021. The few reusable parts of the
instrument were stored elsewhere.
ORGANS OF PARIS © 2021 Vincent Hildebrandt ALL ORGANS
Yves Castagnet & Johann Vexo
Famous organists in the past: Michel Chapuis,
Jacques Marichal, Mgr Jehan Revert
Johan Vexo (Bach)
Johann Vexo (Couperin)
There is third organ, a portable instrument for
continuo to accompany the Notre-Dame de Paris
choir school’s ensembles and soloists (I/5).
The current choir organ is an instrument of Robert Boisseau
in the old buffet.
Several instruments have followed one another in the choir
of the cathedral. A Daublaine-Callinet of ten stops in 1839
not powerful enough and sold in 1841 to St Michel at
Cordes-sur-Ciel not far from Albi where it remains today and
with the addition of a pedal stop.
TRhen a second organ of the same organ maker in 1841
installed on the right side. But its aesthetics and its
installation did not suit Viollet-le-Duc, it was thus sold to the
Saint-Etienne church in Roanne (Loire).
Viollet-le-Duc choose a 17 stops Merklin organ with a Gothic
case designed by Viollet-le-Duc himself, installed on the left
side of the choir.
The restoration by Joseph Merklin in 1890 opens the
transformation of the transmission into electro-pneumatic
and the addition of combinations, but as this modernization
is not reliable, the house Mutin (successor of Cavaillé-Coll) is
asked to deal with the restoration. Other interventions
followed (Beuchet in 1938, Hermann in 1953) without
allowing the instrument to function properly.
The organ builder Robert Boisseau who modernized the
great organ of Notre-Dame under the leadership of Pierre
Cochereau was asked to build a new organ in the case of
1863. The instrument was delivered in 1969: it included 28
stops on two keyboards (56 notes) and pedal board (30
notes). A 16 ’flute was added to the pedal in 1970 outside the
buffet. A 4 ’ clairon and electronic combiner are installed
(Source: facebook @Aristide Cavaillé-Coll)
In 2005, the organ was cleaned by Philippe Guyonnet and
tuned by Bertrand Cattiaux. In 2010, further works were
carried out by Bertrand Cattiaux and a new console was
This organ is built in a French-classical style.