The organs of Paris
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The    French    classical    organ    is    the    common    name    for    the French   baroque   organ.   It   had   a   highly   standardized   stoplist, in   line   with   its   (almost   exclusively)   liturgical   use.   The   music played     on     those     organs     was     highly     standardized     too, prescribing   in   detail   which   stops   had   to   be   used   (e.g   Plein jeu,   Basse   de   Trompette,   Tierce   en   Taille).   This   system   was still   in   use   at   the   time   of   the   revolution   (end   of   the   18th century). Only   3   of   the   23   organs   which   survived   the   revolution kept    (more    of    less)    their    pre-revolutionary    French- classical   style.      In   fact,   the   best   examples   of   an   organ   in French   classical   style   in   an   excellent   state   can   be   found outside Paris: in Versailles and Aubervilliers. The     table     on     the     right     site     summarizes     the     main characteristics   of   the   three   French   classical   organs.   It   shows that   most   stops   of   the   organs   of   Saint-Gervais   and   Saint- Nicolas-des-Champs   date   still   to   before   the   revolution.   In contrast,   the   organ   of   the   Salpêtrière   hospital   lost   most   of its pre-revolutionary stops.
Organs of Paris

Before the revolution -

French classical style

Only    3    of    the    23    organs    which    survived    the revolution   kept   more   of   less   their   pre-revolutionary French-classical   style.      In   fact,   the   best   examples   of an   organ   in   French   classical   style   in   an   excellent state   can   be   found   at   this   moment   outside   Paris   in Versailles  and Aubervilliers. Chapelle l’hôpital Salpêtrière Saint-Gervais Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs Versailles (Chapelle Royale) Aubervilliers (Notre Dame des Vertus) The   table   below   summarizes   the   main   characteristics   of   the three   French   classical   organs.   It   shows   that   most   stops   (40 out   of   58)   of   the   organ      of   Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs   date still   to   before   the   revolution.   In   contrast,   the   organ   of   the Salpêtrière hospital lost most of its pre-revolutionary stops.
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