ORGANS OF PARIS © 2023 Vincent Hildebrandt ALL ORGANS
The Great Organ was built in 1873 by Eugène et John Abbey
in an older case. In 1904, Charles Mutin did some
maintenance works and modified the organ slightly. Between
1937-38 the house Pleyel replaced the transmissions. In
1971, the organ was reconstructed by Jean Bourgarel, who
ireplaced some romantic stops with mutations; the rees of
the Récit were removed as were all the mechnaical parts and
manuals. A électropneumatic system was installed with a
new console. In 1992, Jean-Marc Swiderski partly electrified
In 2023, the German organ builder Gerhard Grenzing has
been selected to carry out the restoration and enlargement
of the Abbey organ. Grenzing proceeded to the complete
dismantling of the instrument in June 2023 and transport the
instrument to his workshops.
The main lines of the project are:
(1) To preserve, restore and enhance the buffet with the
removal of lateral additions.
(2) To restore the keyboards of "Grand-orgue" and "Récit
expressif" by the Abbey brothers.
(3) To extend the Pedal to 32 notes.
(4) To add a new sound plan "Grand-chorus expressive" on a
new windchest, placed on the rear upper tribune with its
wind power supply complement.
(5) Install a new electric transmission, a new console with
three keyboards and pedalboard with a computer.
ASSOCIATION DES AMIS DES ORGUES DE SAINT-JEAN-
Masses with organ
Saturday 6.30 p.m., Sunday 9.30, 11.00 a.m., 6.30