LE GRAND ORGUE
© 2020 Orgue Sainte Clotilde Paris
The Great Organ of the Saint Clotilde Basilica is one of the masterpieces of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. It was inaugurated in 1859 by the organiste titulaire César Franck and its history was eventful. Various titulaires printed their marks on the instrument by extensions and restorations, resulting in an instrument that is both far away from the instrument of 1859 and in some ways still close. In fact this organ combines nowadays a romantic and a neo- symphonique character. As for the romantic instrument, this organ is the sixth instrument of the famous French builder Cavaillé-Coll. It was built after those of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette (1837), Saint-Denis (1841), Saint-Jean-Saint- François (1846), Madeleine (1846) and Saint-Vincent-de-Paul (1852). Some changes that had alter its romantic character have been largely erased by the lastest restoration (2005). This offers the interpreter the possibility of a trip in time, close to the instrument of César Franck. About the neo-symphonique organ, this is the result of four periods of construction (1859/1863-1933-1962-2005), in which the organ was enlarged from 46 to 71 stops and was equipped with the new technical opportunities available at these different times. Thus it successively was electrified, digitalized, equipped with a crescendo and finally a mobile console was added that allows the organist to be seen by the public and to play with choirs and orchestras.

1859

The organ is designed and installed by

Cavaillé-Coll with César Franck as organiste

titulaire.

46 stops.

1933

The organ is enlarged by Joseph Beuchet

(Ets Cavaillé-Coll) under the direction of

Charles Tournemire.

56 stops.

1962

The organ is enlarged and electrified by

Beuchet-Debierre, under the direction of

Jean Langlais.

60 stops.

1983

Restoration by Jacques Barberis,

under the direction of Jean Langlais.

61 stops.

2005

Restoration and enlargement by Bernard

Dargassies under the direction of Jacques

Taddei, with assistance of Olivier Penin.

71 jeux

Photo: Pieter Baak
Click on the photos for more information
Drawing: Victor Weller

Next concert

09 • 10 • 2021, 5 PM

Anne-Isabelle de Parcevaux Our latest video Asturias (Albéniz)
LE GRAND ORGUE

1859

The organ is designed and installed by Cavaillé-

Coll with César Franck as organiste titulaire.

46 stops.

1933

The organ is enlarged by Joseph Beuchet (Ets

Cavaillé-Coll) under the direction of Charles

Tournemire.

56 stops.

1962

The organ is enlarged and electrified by

Beuchet-Debierre, under the direction of Jean

Langlais.

60 stops.

1983

Restoration by Jacques Barberis,

under the direction of Jean Langlais.

61 stops.

2005

Restoration and enlargement by Bernard

Dargassies under the direction of Jacques

Taddei, with assistance of Olivier Penin.

71 jeux