The organs of Paris
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The 21th century: an exciting start! In   the   last   decades   of   the   20th   century,   continuing   in   the 21th   century,   views   are   shifting   again:   a   growing   interest   in the   19th   century   symphonic   organs   is   seen,   giving   birth   to   a more   conservative   restoration   policy.   The   leading   builder   in these    decades    is    Dargassies    (from    the    former    Gonzalez firm). The   first   decades   of   the   21th   century   seem   to   elaborate   on the   views   developed   in   the   last   part   of   the   past   century: more    prudent    restorations,    respecting    the    views    of    the original   builder(s)   and   its   subsequent   history.   Remarkably, three   large   new   organs   are   added   to   the   Parisians   organ landscape:   the   Aubertin-organ   of   St   Louis-en-l’ile    (2004),   the Rieger-organ    of    the    new    Philharmonie    (2016)    and    the Grenzing-organ   at   the   auditorium   of   Radio   France   (2016).   In addition,   some   smaller   organs   were   built:   two   organs   by Cogez and one by Chevron. In   contrast,   the   maintenance   and   restorations   of   existing Parisian    organs    is    severely    hampered    due    to    a    lack    of resources;    most    restorations    in    this    era    are    financed    by private funds (e.g. Saint Clotilde , 2006). The   table   on   the   right   side   shows   the   main   organ   builders   of   the 21th   century   (and   last   decades   of   the   20th   century)   and   the numbers of organs they built or restored and/or renovated. This   table   shows   the   dominance   of   Dargassies,   in   particular   in the last decades of the 20th century. In   this   era,   there   are   15   new   organs   to   welcome,   a   sharp   decline in   relation   to   the   numbers   presented   before   on   the   19th   and 20th    century,    but    still    impressive    when    realising    that    this ‘market’    is    well    saturated    after    centuries    of    organ    building activities in Paris. 

After the revolution

(1) Organs built in the 19th century

(2) Organs built in the 20th century

(3) Organs built in the 21th century 

Organs of Paris

After the revolution -

Organs built in the 21th century

The 21th century: an exciting start! In     the     last     decades     of     the     20th     century,     and continuing    in    the    21th    century,    views    are    shifting again:     a     growing     interest     in     the     19th     century symphonic    organs    is    seen,    giving    birth    to    a    more conservative   restoration   policy.   The   leading   builder   in these     decades     is     Dargassies     (from     the     former Gonzalez firm). The    first    decades    of    the    21th    century    seem    to elaborate   on   the   views   developed   in   the   last   part   of the      past      century:      more      prudent      restorations, respecting   the   views   of   the   original   builder(s)   and   its subsequent    history.    Remarkably,    three    large    new organs   are   added   to   the   Parisians   organ   landscape: the    Aubertin-organ    of    St    Louis-en-l’ile     (2004),    the Rieger-organ   of   the   new   Philharmonie   (2016)   and   the Grenzing-organ    at    the    auditorium    of    Radio    France (2016).   In   addition,   some   smaller   organs   were   built: two organs by Cogez and one by Chevron. In    contrast,    the    maintenance    and    restorations    of existing   Parisian   organs   is   severely   hampered   due   to a   lack   of   resources;   most   restorations   in   this   era   are financed by private funds (e.g. Saint Clotilde , 2006). The   table   below   shows   the   main   organ   builders   of   the   21th   century   (and last   decades   of   the   20th   century)   and   the   numbers   of   organs   they   built   or restored and/or renovated. This   table   shows   the   dominance   of   Dargassies,   in   particular   in   the   last decades of the 20th century. In   this   era,   there   are   17   new   organs   to   welcome,   a   sharp   decline   in relation   to   the   numbers   presented   before   on   the   19th   and   20th   century, but   still   impressive   when   realising   that   this   ‘market’   is   well   saturated   after centuries of organ building activities in Paris. 
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