The organs of Paris
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Notre Dame

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

Cattiaux

II/30 - mechanical traction (keyboards)/

electrical traction (stops) - stoplist

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.

Organiste titulaire

Yves Castagnet & Johann Vexo Famous organists in the past: Michel Chapuis, Jacques Marichal, Mgr Jehan Revert Videos 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 further on. (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 installed. This organ is built in a French-classical style.
Drawing of a choir organ by Viollet le Duc (projet was never realized)
The old console
The choir organ after the fire
On the right: the choir organ , second half of 19th century
Organs of Paris

Notre Dame

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

Cattiaux

II/30 - mechanical traction (keyboards)/

electrical traction (stops) - stoplist

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

Organiste titulaire

Yves Castagnet & Johann Vexo Famous organists in the past: Michel Chapuis, Jacques Marichal, Mgr Jehan Revert Videos 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 further on. (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 installed. This organ is built in a French-classical style.