des Champs 1 - 2
254, rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris
Orgue de tribune
1572 - Jacques Pigache
1632 - Paul Maillard, Crespin Carlier
1666 - Pierre Thierry, François Ducastel
1688 - Antoine Vincent
1732 - L.A. Clicquot
1776 - F.H. Clicquot
1825 - Dallery
1854 - Ducroquet
1930 - Gonzalez
2008 - Denis Lacorre
In 2018, summer droughts and winter droughts gave a
fatal blow to the main reservoirs of the wind supply,
forcing the instrument to remain silent. The great organ
is now mute, waiting for a complete restoration.
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Photo GO: Jeroen de Haan
The organ was built by Francois-Henri Clicquot, using the
case of the Great-Organ of Carlier built in 1633 (using parts
from 1572) and extending it laterally to house the pedal and
the positif. Saint Nicolas is residing on the centre turret of
the GO surrounded by angels-musicians.
The organ survived the Revolution. In 1825, Pierre François
Dallery replaced both 2’ by a second Flûte 8, added a Flûte 8
on the Récit and suppressed the Plein Jeu. In 1854,
Ducroquet built a new wind-chest to accommodate six new
stops for the pedal. In 1871, Merklin renewed the keyboards
and the wind supply. A great restoration by Victor Gonzalez
was completed in 1930. He added a Récit and pneumatic
stop traction, but carefully respected all the ancient stops.
He also reconstructed the Clicqout Plein Jeu, prestant and
doublette of the GO.
In 2008, provisional maintenance works were carried out by
Denis Lacorre which made the organ playable again.
Nowadays, the organ is in a bad condition and the Récit of
Gonzalez is not playable at all.
All wind-chests date from before the revolution (F.H.
Clicquot, récit: L.A. Clicquot). 40 out of the 58 stops are old.
Mechanical transmission with Barker at the GO.
This organ is probably the most authentic of all organs from
before the revolution in Paris. Its pipework is in a relatively good
condition, not cut and on its orginal place on the windchest. It´s
worth a thorough restauration!
Site of the organ
Jean Boyer at the organ of St Nicolas des Champs (1989)
Vincent Genvrin & François Ménissier
Famous organists in the past:
Nicolas Gigault, Louis Braille and Michel Chapuis.
Masses with organ
Saturday 6.30 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.
François Ménissier (waiting for approval)