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Victor    Gonzalez    (1877-1956)    was    an    organ builder    of    Spanish    origin    and    a    pupil    of Cavaillé-Coll    and    Merklin.    He    founded    in 1922     his     own     company     in     Vanves     and Châtillon-sous-Bagneux            (Paris      region). Together   with   Norbert   Dufourcq,   Bérenger de   Miramon   Fitz-James   and   André   Marchal, he    gave    birth    to    the    neo-classical    organ concept.    He    did    construct    and    restore    a number   of   instruments   in   Paris.   After   his   death   in   1956,   the   firm was led by Georg Danion. Georg    Danion    (1922-2005)    was    about    to start    a    carrier    as    violist    when    the    second world    war    break    out.    During    that    war,    he met   Annik   Gonzalez,   one   of   the   daughters   of Fernand   Gonzalez,   Victor’s   son,   who   worked with    him    in    the    company.    After    the    war George    Danion    married    Annik    and    Annik made    him    discover    the    metier    of    organ building.   As   Fernand   died   in   the   war,   he   could   soon   replace   his father-in   -law   in   the   firm.   When   Victor   died   in   1956,   Danion   took over the firm. In   1962,   he   bought   the   Maison   Jacquot-Lavergne    and   transferred his   workshop   to   that   company   in   Rambervilliers   (Vosges),   with   an annex near Paris (Brunoy). In    1988,    Georges    et    Annik    Danion-Gonzalez    left    the    firm    in Rambervilliers     in     favor     of     Jean-Michel     Jamet     and     Bernard Dargassies    and    moved    to    Lodève,    where    they    had    founded    the Manufacture   Languedocienne   de   grandes   orgues   in   1980,   at   the former   place   of   the   workshop   of   the   organ   builder   Edmond   Costa (Manufacture   Lodévoise   de   grands   orgues,   1961-1972).   In   1998,   at the   retirement   of   Danion,   the   management   of   this   firm   was   taken over   by   Charles-Emmanuel   Sarélot   (son   of   Charles   Sarelot,   organ builder). The   Danion-Gonzalez   firm   constructed   and   restored   a   great   number   of Parisian   organs   and   was   the   main   competitor   of   the   Beuchet-Debiere firm   in   the   second   half   of   the   XXth   century.   In   the   last   decennia   of   the XXth   century,   the   Manufacture   Vosgienne   de   Grandes   Orgues   Bernard Dargassies    was    the    most    important    organ    builder    in    the    Parisian region. Dargassies - Jacquot-Lavergne  - Cicchero
The neo-classical French school Until 1925, organ aesthetics had followed music trends of the end of the 19th century and of the beginning of the 20th century with romantic and symphonic music. Organ builders of this period, for which the most renowned were Merklin and Cavaillé-Coll, offered organ design with an important number of foundation ranks and a significant expressive great section, providing a very symphonic sound result. Therefore, we speak about orchestral organ. The neo-classic organ is the outcome of the collaboration of Victor Gonzalez, the musicologist Norbert Dufourcq and Master André Marchal, titular organist, among others, of the Saint Eustache's great organ from 1945 till 1963. While preserving the best of the symphonic color of organs of organ builders such as Cavaillé-Coll or Merklin, the neo- classic aesthetics reintroduced more brilliant colors with mixtures, mutation ranks and clearer and softer reeds. Source: Marc Perrot
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Victor   Gonzalez   (1877-1956)   was   an   organ   builder   of   Spanish   origin and   a   pupil   of   Cavaillé-Coll   and   Merklin.   He   founded   in   1922   his own   company   in   Vanves   and   Châtillon-sous-Bagneux      (Paris   region). Together   with   Norbert   Dufourcq,   Bérenger   de   Miramon   Fitz-James and    André    Marchal,    he    gave    birth    to    the    neo-classical    organ concept.   He   did   construct   and   restore   a   number   of   instruments   in Paris. After his death in 1956, the firm was led by Georg Danion. Georg   Danion   (1922-2005)   was   about   to   start   a   carrier   as   violist when   the   second   world   war   break   out.   During   that   war,   he   met Annik   Gonzalez,   one   of   the   daughters   of   Fernand   Gonzalez,   Victor’s son,   who   worked   with   him   in   the   company.   After   the   war   George Danion   married   Annik   and   Annik   made   him   discover   the   metier   of organ   building.   As   Fernand   died   in   the   war,   he   could   soon   replace his   father-in   -law   in   the   firm.   When   Victor   died   in   1956,   Danion   took over the firm. In   1962,   he   bought   the   Maison   Jacquot-Lavergne    and   transferred his   workshop   to   that   company   in   Rambervilliers   (Vosges),   with   an annex near Paris (Brunoy). In    1988,    Georges    et    Annik    Danion-Gonzalez    left    the    firm    in Rambervilliers     in     favor     of     Jean-Michel     Jamet     and     Bernard Dargassies    and    moved    to    Lodève,    where    they    had    founded    the Manufacture   Languedocienne   de   grandes   orgues   in   1980,   at   the former   place   of   the   workshop   of   the   organ   builder   Edmond   Costa (Manufacture   Lodévoise   de   grands   orgues,   1961-1972).   In   1998,   at the   retirement   of   Danion,   the   management   of   this   firm   was   taken over   by   Charles-Emmanuel   Sarélot   (son   of   Charles   Sarelot,   organ builder). The   Danion-Gonzalez   firm   constructed   and   restored   a   great   number   of Parisian   organs   and   was   the   main   competitor   of   the   Beuchet-Debiere firm   in   the   second   half   of   the   XXth   century.   In   the   last   decennia   of   the XXth   century,   the   Manufacture   Vosgienne   de   Grandes   Orgues   Bernard Dargassies    was    the    most    important    organ    builder    in    the    Parisian region. Dargassies - Jacquot-Lavergne  - Cicchero