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The History of French Organbuilding


A two hour illustrated lecture from YouTube 2015.
Bertrand Cattiaux discusses the development of the French pipe organ through examples of restorations of instruments from all eras, and the creation of new instruments for the modern age. Considerable time is dedicated to the restoration of the organ of Notre Dame de Paris.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of7zE-W1bd8
Bertrand Cattiaux is a French organ builder and restorer.
https://www.orguescattiaux.org/index%20eng.html
by Erzahler
Feb 24, 2021 05:24 AM

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RE: The History of French Organbuilding

The fascination of organ building -
History and present-day of Kuhn Organ Builders Ltd, Männedorf.
A 20 minute story of organ building in Germany from YouTube 2016.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2jxgvcGjfo
by Erzahler
Feb 24, 2021 05:35 AM

RE: The History of French Organbuilding

Thank you, Andrew, for this hint to this lecture on French organs. It was a pleasure to listen to this experienced organ builder!
by Insulaner
Feb 25, 2021 02:17 PM

RE: The History of French Organbuilding

Erzahler wrote:

A two hour illustrated lecture from YouTube 2015.
Bertrand Cattiaux discusses the development of the French pipe organ through examples of restorations of instruments from all eras, and the creation of new instruments for the modern age. Considerable time is dedicated to the restoration of the organ of Notre Dame de Paris.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of7zE-W1bd8
Bertrand Cattiaux is a French organ builder and restorer.
https://www.orguescattiaux.org/index%20eng.html

Thank you, Andrew!

I look forward to the release of what has here been called "one of France's oldest organs" - no idea about the context here; I hope there's more detail to be posted - the "Lorris" organ in Lorris-en-Gâtinais.

Sample sounds were just posted on Contrebombarde here:

https://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/44971

and here:

https://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/44995

Jack

by jacko
Feb 26, 2021 05:03 PM

RE: The History of French Organbuilding

'Pedalling ahead with Mendelssohn: The German revolution in English organ technology'
by Robert Quinney, Sub-Organist, Westminster Abbey with Robert Smith, Organist, St Mary-at-Hill. Demos from St Mary-at-Hill London which boasts what has been described as one of the ten most important organs in the history of British organ building, built by William Hill in 1848 and restored by Mander Organs.

I should have posted all of these information clips in one go.
This is about Mendelssohn and the introduction of German ideas (ie full pedal) into English organs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otA1wEpZS8A
https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-german-revolution-in-english-organ-technology
by Erzahler
Feb 27, 2021 07:50 PM

RE: The History of French Organbuilding

Erzahler wrote:

'Pedalling ahead with Mendelssohn: The German revolution in English organ technology'
by Robert Quinney, Sub-Organist, Westminster Abbey with Robert Smith, Organist, St Mary-at-Hill. Demos from St Mary-at-Hill London which boasts what has been described as one of the ten most important organs in the history of British organ building, built by William Hill in 1848 and restored by Mander Organs.

I should have posted all of these information clips in one go.
This is about Mendelssohn and the introduction of German ideas (ie full pedal) into English organs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otA1wEpZS8A
https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-german-revolution-in-english-organ-technology

In addition to Andrew's post about lectures at Gresham College I want to direct your interest to this one, too:
https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/catholics-versus-protestants-how-liturgy-affected-the-development-of-the-organ)
One of the highlights is Richard Townend's talk about authentic performances of Bach Kantatas (starting at about min. 47). Enjoy!

by Insulaner
Mar 2, 2021 02:22 AM

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