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Saint Bernard

de la chapelle 1 2

11, rue Affre, 75018 Paris Orgue de tribune 1862 - Cavaillé-Coll 2019/20 - Yves Fossaert

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Photos of the organ: David Cassan (facebook)
 Organiste titulaire Camille Déruelle Famous organists in the past: Alexis Chauvet, André Fleury, Marie-Madeleine Chevalier Concerts  Regularly Masses with organ Saturday 6.30 p.m., Sunday 11a.m. Videos Camille Déruelle (2017) Camille Déruelle (2022) (upcoming)
The great organ of St. Bernard of the chapel and the choir organ were commissioned by the prestigious factor Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Inaugurated in January 1863, this instrument belongs to a series of instruments (late 1850 and early 1860), with the Grand Orgue of Sainte-Clotilde in Paris (inaugurated in 1859), the Grand Orgue of Saint-Sulpice in Paris (inaugurated in 1862) and the Grand Orgue of Notre Dame de Paris (inaugurated in 1868). They are quite similar from a technical and stylistic point of view, even though the scales (number of stops, size of instruments...) and especially the size and importance of the churches is not at all the same. Unlike the others, however, the St. Bernard organ has never been modernized or restored in depth. After 1966, the date of death of the last organiste titulaire and its regular use, the instrument had only minimal maintenance, si it has a very rare degree of authenticity. The only significant changes it has undergone since its construction are the 15 bass pipes of the 4 ' octave of the GO and the lowest octave of the bombarde of the GO, which originally sounded in eight feet at the grand- organ keyboard . It received only one maintenance in the years 1930. Maintenance was done by Gutschenritter (195x), Barbéris (1981), Bernard Cogez (2003, Bernard Dargassies (2007). In 2018, the engine was replaced, then a dust removal and tuning was made in 2019 and a restoration and maintenance of the façade of 16'. The organ benefited from a mechanical restoration in 2020 by Yves Fossaert. The octave 4 of the keyboard of the GO, moved to a tierce around 1950, was replaced in 2020. The great organ of Saint-Bernard-de-la-Chapelle is one of the flagships of French organ heritage. Its solidity and stability, foolproof, straight from the know-how of its builder, retain a great sound quality. And it is one of the last direct testimonies of the technique and the mastery of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Source : internet site Grand Orgue de Saint-Bernard-de-la- Chapelle
The construction of St-Bernard-de-la-Chapelle started in 1858, just before the annexation of the commune of La Chapelle by Paris in 1860. The church is designed by the architect Auguste-Joseph Magne, in a Gothic style with an initially flat façade but which was supplemented by a porch offered by the municipality of Paris during the integration of the commune of La Chapelle in the capital. This facade presents a porch, in flamboyant style, enhanced with bows in brace and supported by buttresses. A steeple with an arrow of 60 meters dominates the church. It was consecrated in 1861.
In the plan to maintain the cultural heritage of the City of Paris, this organ is among the instruments, classified as Historic Monuments, requiring a (partial) restoration. Restoration issues Aristide Cavaillé-Coll built this organ for the Church of Saint-Bernard-de-la-Chapelle in 1862. The instrument enjoys a great reputation because of its high-quality sound potential and its excellent state of preservation in relation to the original design of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Indeed, apart from the installation of an electric turbine in 1930 and a modification of one stop that occurred between 1945 and 1960 (shift of the Octave 4 of the GO into a Tierce), the instrument remained in its original state, which is exceptional. As such, this organ warrants special attention and any intervention must be conducted with the utmost respect. The programme of work envisaged for this instrument is the dismantling of the entire instrumental part, the complete restoration of the wind supply and wind chests, mechanics, console and pipes as well as the cleaning of the buffet. Call to Patronage:995.000 euros, exclusive the costs of mastering the project which will be taken care of by the City of Paris. Source
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Saint Bernard

de la chapelle 1 2

11, rue Affre, 75018 Paris Orgue de tribune 1862 - Cavaillé-Coll 2019/20 - Yves Fossaert

II/25 - mechanical traction - stoplist

Photos of the organ: David Cassan (facebook)
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The great organ of St. Bernard of the chapel and the choir organ were commissioned by the prestigious factor Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Inaugurated in January 1863, this instrument belongs to a series of instruments (late 1850 and early 1860), with the Grand Orgue of Sainte-Clotilde in Paris (inaugurated in 1859), the Grand Orgue of Saint-Sulpice in Paris (inaugurated in 1862) and the Grand Orgue of Notre Dame de Paris (inaugurated in 1868). They are quite similar from a technical and stylistic point of view, even though the scales (number of stops, size of instruments...) and especially the size and importance of the churches is not at all the same. Unlike the others, however, the St. Bernard organ has never been modernized or restored in depth. After 1966, the date of death of the last organiste titulaire and its regular use, the instrument had only minimal maintenance, si it has a very rare degree of authenticity. The only significant changes it has undergone since its construction are the 15 bass pipes of the 4 ' octave of the GO and the lowest octave of the bombarde of the GO, which originally sounded in eight feet at the grand-organ keyboard . It received only one maintenance in the years 1930. Maintenance was done by Gutschenritter (195x), Barbéris (1981), Bernard Cogez (2003, Bernard Dargassies (2007). In 2018, the engine was replaced, then a dust removal and tuning was made in 2019 and a restoration and maintenance of the façade of 16'. The organ benefited from a mechanical restoration in 2020 by Yves Fossaert. The octave 4 of the keyboard of the GO, moved to a tierce around 1950, was replaced in 2020. The great organ of Saint-Bernard-de-la-Chapelle is one of the flagships of French organ heritage. Its solidity and stability, foolproof, straight from the know-how of its builder, retain a great sound quality. And it is one of the last direct testimonies of the technique and the mastery of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Source : internet site Grand Orgue de Saint-Bernard-de-la- Chapelle
Organiste titulaire Camille Déruelle Famous organists in the past: Alexis Chauvet, André Fleury, Marie-Madeleine Chevalier Concerts  Regularly Masses with organ Saturday 6.30 p.m., Sunday 11a.m. Videos Camille Déruelle (2017) Camille Déruelle (2022) (upcoming)
The great organ of St. Bernard of the chapel and the choir organ were commissioned by the prestigious factor Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Inaugurated in January 1863, this instrument belongs to a series of instruments (late 1850 and early 1860), with the Grand Orgue of Sainte-Clotilde in Paris (inaugurated in 1859), the Grand Orgue of Saint-Sulpice in Paris (inaugurated in 1862) and the Grand Orgue of Notre Dame de Paris (inaugurated in 1868). They are quite similar from a technical and stylistic point of view, even though the scales (number of stops, size of instruments...) and especially the size and importance of the churches is not at all the same. Unlike the others, however, the St. Bernard organ has never been modernized or restored in depth. After 1966, the date of death of the last organiste titulaire and its regular use, the instrument had only minimal maintenance, si it has a very rare degree of authenticity. The only significant changes it has undergone since its construction are the 15 bass pipes of the 4 ' octave of the GO and the lowest octave of the bombarde of the GO, which originally sounded in eight feet at the grand-organ keyboard . It received only one maintenance in the years 1930. Maintenance was done by Gutschenritter (195x), Barbéris (1981), Bernard Cogez (2003, Bernard Dargassies (2007). In 2018, the engine was replaced, then a dust removal and tuning was made in 2019 and a restoration and maintenance of the façade of 16'. The organ benefited from a mechanical restoration in 2020 by Yves Fossaert. The octave 4 of the keyboard of the GO, moved to a tierce around 1950, was replaced in 2020. The great organ of Saint-Bernard-de-la-Chapelle is one of the flagships of French organ heritage. Its solidity and stability, foolproof, straight from the know-how of its builder, retain a great sound quality. And it is one of the last direct testimonies of the technique and the mastery of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Source : internet site Grand Orgue de Saint-Bernard-de-la- Chapelle