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Delmotte

The Maison Delmotte: a long family tradition of organ builders passed from father to son. In 1812, Pierre-Fidèle Delmotte (1792-1867), watchmaker as his father, and then organist, created his own firm at Saint-Léger Hainaut, Belgium. He joined for a decade with his brother. His son Théophile (1833-1909) went to work with his older brother Constantin in the Studio in Saint-Léger, from 1855 until 1871. Théophile went to Paris in 1855 to learn at the Cavaillé-Coll workshop. He started a new workshop in Tournai, Belgium, in 1872, along with another brother, Edouard. Upon the death of the latter in 1899, Théophile directed the company on his own and in 1903, he took his son Maurice in the company. When Théophile died in 1909, Maurice was the only manager until he was succeeded by his own 21-year-old son Georges in 1946. Maurice Delmotte (1885-1961) showed an intense activity in the field of the electric traction and built the monumental organ (110 stops) at the National Institute of broadcasting (I.N.R.) in Ixelles (Brussels) in 1940. After the unexpected death of Georges, the family tradition was continued by two of his nephews, Guy Seghers and Denys Delporte. The son of George, Etienne Delmotte, became the general manager of the company. They now build organs using all transmission systems (mechanical, electrical, pneumatic or electronic). The work list of the Delmottes company mentions the construction of approximately 150 new organs and 100 major works and restorations. More information on Delmotte here (in French). There is one organ of Delmotte in Paris, at Saint-André-de- l’Europe.

Joseph Arnoud Fermis

Joseph Arnaud Fermis (1836-1889) was the son of François Sylvain Fermis, a carpenter who built organ cases for the Parisian firm of Barker and Verschneider (1860s). This company hired Joseph Arnaud, being already trained as a carpenter, organbuilder and organist. Joseph Fermis was the first one to apply a tubular action system to slider soundboards and slider chests, patented in 1866. This system was applied in 1878 for the new organ of Saint- François-Xavier in Paris, but removed in 1923. The only authentic organ of Fermis with this system existing today is the organ of Foix, St. Volusien. He also built organs for the St. Denis Cathedral in Réunion and for the Beijing Cathedral. Source: ttp://www.musiqueorguequebec.ca/orgues/france/foixsv.htm

Hubert-François Krischner

Krischner (1834-1893) learned his skills at the workshop of Cavaillé-Coll, Daublaine, Merklin and Martin. He founded his own company in 1877 in Rouen and can be considered as the successor of Narfcisse Martin. His father Jean (1797-??) worked at Daublaine and Hubert had four sons (Georges, Henry, Ernest et Paul) who learned their craft at the workshop of their father. This dynasty came to an end with the death of Paul in 1934. It started in 1753. Saint- Paul-Saint-Louis, choir organ (1880).

Narcisse Martin

Little is known about Narcisse Martin. He learned his skills at the Daublaine-Callinet-Ducrfoquet firm and started his won company in 1858. Hubert Krischer (1834-1895) was head of the workshop during the years 1858-1873. Martin built the organ of St-Paul-St-Louis (1871), which was modified during the years, but restored by Bernard Dargassies in the spirit of Martin in 2005.

Orgelbau Link

This German firm was founded in 1851 by the twin brothers Link: Paul (1821-1891) and Johannes (1821-1872) and still exists, having built more than a thousand instruments. The only organ in Paris of this firm is located at the l 'église luthérienne de l'ascension (Paris XVII), built in 1894 and still in its original state, a nice example of German industrial organ building.

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Delmotte

The Maison Delmotte: a long family tradition of organ builders passed from father to son. In 1812, Pierre-Fidèle Delmotte (1792-1867), watchmaker as his father, and then organist, created his own firm at Saint-Léger Hainaut, Belgium. He joined for a decade with his brother. His son Théophile (1833-1909) went to work with his older brother Constantin in the Studio in Saint-Léger, from 1855 until 1871. Théophile went to Paris in 1855 to learn at the Cavaillé-Coll workshop. He started a new workshop in Tournai, Belgium, in 1872, along with another brother, Edouard. Upon the death of the latter in 1899, Théophile directed the company on his own and in 1903, he took his son Maurice in the company. When Théophile died in 1909, Maurice was the only manager until he was succeeded by his own 21-year-old son Georges in 1946. Maurice Delmotte (1885-1961) showed an intense activity in the field of the electric traction and built the monumental organ (110 stops) at the National Institute of broadcasting (I.N.R.) in Ixelles (Brussels) in 1940. After the unexpected death of Georges, the family tradition was continued by two of his nephews, Guy Seghers and Denys Delporte. The son of George, Etienne Delmotte, became the general manager of the company. They now build organs using all transmission systems (mechanical, electrical, pneumatic or electronic). The work list of the Delmottes company mentions the construction of approximately 150 new organs and 100 major works and restorations. More information on Delmotte here (in French). There is one organ of Delmotte in Paris, at Saint-André-de- l’Europe.

Joseph Arnoud Fermis

Joseph Arnaud Fermis (1836-1889) was the son of François Sylvain Fermis, a carpenter who built organ cases for the Parisian firm of Barker and Verschneider (1860s). This company hired Joseph Arnaud, being already trained as a carpenter, organbuilder and organist. Joseph Fermis was the first one to apply a tubular action system to slider soundboards and slider chests, patented in 1866. This system was applied in 1878 for the new organ of Saint- François-Xavier in Paris, but removed in 1923. The only authentic organ of Fermis with this system existing today is the organ of Foix, St. Volusien. He also built organs for the St. Denis Cathedral in Réunion and for the Beijing Cathedral. Source: ttp://www.musiqueorguequebec.ca/orgues/france/foixsv.htm

Hubert-François Krischner

Krischner (1834-1893) learned his skills at the workshop of Cavaillé-Coll, Daublaine, Merklin and Martin. He founded his own company in 1877 in Rouen and can be considered as the successor of Narfcisse Martin. His father Jean (1797-??) worked at Daublaine and Hubert had four sons (Georges, Henry, Ernest et Paul) who learned their craft at the workshop of their father. This dynasty came to an end with the death of Paul in 1934. It started in 1753. Saint- Paul-Saint-Louis, choir organ (1880).

Narcisse Martin

Little is known about Narcisse Martin. He learned his skills at the Daublaine-Callinet-Ducrfoquet firm and started his won company in 1858. Hubert Krischer (1834-1895) was head of the workshop during the years 1858-1873. Martin built the organ of St-Paul-St-Louis (1871), which was modified during the years, but restored by Bernard Dargassies in the spirit of Martin in 2005.

Orgelbau Link

This German firm was founded in 1851 by the twin brothers Link: Paul (1821-1891) and Johannes (1821-1872) and still exists, having built more than a thousand instruments. The only organ in Paris of this firm is located at the l 'église luthérienne de l'ascension (Paris XVII), built in 1894 and still in its original state, a nice example of German industrial organ building.

All organ builders who worked in Paris after the

revolution