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Parisian organs built by Cavaillé-Coll -

the most authentic examples at present

Saint-Louis-d'Antin (1858) Saint-Bernard-de-la-Chapelle (1862) Saint-Sulpice (1862) Notre-Dame-de-la-Croix (1874) Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire (1880-1890) Saint-Antoine-des-Quinze-Vingts (1894) Basilique du Sacré-Coeur (1898) Saint Denis (1841)
Aristide Cavaillé-Coll was without doubt the most distinguished organ builder of the 19th century and initiator of the orchestral style of French organ building and composing. He descended from a family of organ builders in the south of France and north of Spain. He went to Paris in 1833 and he was awarded a contract for a large organ for the basilica of Saint-Denis. This highly innovative instrument would become a model for the more than 600 organs which he would built until his death in 1899. He was a great innovator in the art and science of organ building and had a pronounced influence on the course of organ building and organ composing in the 19th century. He wrote many scientific journal articles and books on the organ in which he published the results of his researches and experiments. The work of Cavaillé-Coll can be distinghuised into three distinct periods*: - the ´ post-classical ´ period: the early works (eight organs in Paris) - the ' operatic' period: from 1851 to 1871 during the Second Empire (14 organs in Paris) - the ´ symphonic ´ period: the late works during the Third Republic (16 organs in Paris)
Organs of Paris

Cavaillé-Coll 1-2-3-4

Saint Denis

Parisian organs built by Cavaillé-Coll -

the most authentic examples at present

Saint-Louis-d'Antin (1858) Saint-Bernard-de-la-Chapelle (1862) Saint-Sulpice (1862) Notre-Dame-de-la-Croix (1874) Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire (1880-1890) Saint-Antoine-des-Quinze-Vingts (1894) Basilique du Sacré-Coeur (1898) Saint Denis (1841)
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Aristide Cavaillé-Coll was without doubt the most distinguished organ builder of the 19th century and initiator of the orchestral style of French organ building and composing. He descended from a family of organ builders in the south of France and north of Spain. He went to Paris in 1833 and he was awarded a contract for a large organ for the basilica of Saint-Denis. This highly innovative instrument would become a model for the more than 600 organs which he would built until his death in 1899. He was a great innovator in the art and science of organ building and had a pronounced influence on the course of organ building and organ composing in the 19th century. He wrote many scientific journal articles and books on the organ in which he published the results of his researches and experiments. The work of Cavaillé-Coll can be distinghuised into three distinct periods*: - the ´ post-classical ´ period: the early works (eight organs in Paris) - the ' operatic' period: from 1851 to 1871 during the Second Empire (14 organs in Paris) - the ´ symphonic ´ period: the late works during the Third Republic (16 organs in Paris)