The organs

French Organ in Luxeuil-les-Bains

French style at St-Pierre et St-Paul basilica - Jean DELOYE, Philippe HARTMANN, Michel FORMENTELLI workshops

A Flemish origin, a French character, an unhappy episode and a reconstruction due to Jean Deloye and Philippe Hartmann – the historic organ of Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul Basilica in Luxeuil-les-Bains has just been inaugurated , after the very recent lifting carried out by Michel Formentelli and Jean Deloye. Please help us improve the translation In 1617, […]

Spanish Organ in Grandvillars

Iberic style at St-Martin Church - J LOIS CABELLO and C VETTER workshops - Polychromie by D FERNANDEZ

Polychromy, gilding, short octave, chamades and cut keyboard, all the Spanish golden century in this instrument with contrasting and chiseled tones The construction of the instrument (2017/2018) was entrusted to a consortium of Spanish companies: Organos Moncayo of Christine Vetter in Tarazona, Aragon, and Taller de Organería of Joaquín Lois Cabello in Tordesillas, Castile. The […]

Flemisch Organ in Beurnevesin

Flemisch style at St-Jacques Church - Bertrand CATTIAUX workshop

The organ in the Beurnevésin Church was built by Bertrand Cattiaux in 2019. With a Flemish aesthetic, it is a polyphonic instrument that is inspired by 17th century models, particularly found in the Antwerp region The idea of a Flemish-style organ for the church of Beurnevésin, which had never had a pipe organ, very quickly […]

Saxon Organ in Porrentruy

Central-Germany style at Jesuits-Church - Jürgen AHREND workshop

The wishes expressed by the local officials and the handsome decorations of the Jesuit church prompted me to choose a historical façade – a model by Gottfried Silbermann. The fact that up to then no organ builder had ever attempted an integral copy of these beautiful organ cases was a further major incentive. The goal […]

French Organ in Saint-Ursanne

Franco-alsatian style at Collegiate Church - historic J BESANÇON / restauration by Bertrand CATTIAUX workshop

Before the French Revolution, organ builders often settled in episcopal capitals, where they could count on the many convents clustered around the cathedral as potential customers. On the left bank of the high Rhine valley, the city of Strasburg attracted prestigious builders like the Silbermanns. The city of Basel could not exert the same attraction […]

German Organ in Bellelay – Great Organ

Sud-Germany style at Bellelay Abbey - Great organ - KUHN manufacture

The great Bossard organ of the former Premonstratensian monastery of Bellelay, which dated back to 1721, disappeared during the French Revolution.  Among the visible traces of the instrument, the most mysterious was its silhouette: it was drawn on the west wall, like a memorial, seeming to express the expectation of its rebirth. In addition to […]

German Organ in Bellelay – Choir Organ

Sud-Germany style at Bellelay Abbey - Choir organ - KUHN manufacture

The overall picture formed by the organs of the former Abbey of Bellelay at the beginning of the eighteenth century was to become reality again with the building of the choir organ, just after that of the regal organ and the reconstruction of the great organ. The building of the choir organ was made possible […]

Regal Organ Bellelay/Porrentruy

Portable-organ at Abbey-Church of Bellelay and Jesuits-Church of Porrentruy - KUHN manufacture

The smallest organ in the former abbey church of Bellelay is a copy of the Ab Yberg family’s positive (made around 1600), now in the Basel Historical Museum. In the course of its history, the positive had undergone several transformations, in particular the extension and replacement of the original reed stop. The rehabilitation process restored […]

Italian Organ in Belfort

Italian style at Ste-Odile Church - Gérald GUILLEMIN workshop

Buffet peint et doré, Ripieno et jeux Da Concerto, Gérald Guillemin’s organ is designed for very “Italian” concerts. Built in 1979, this instrument is directly inspired by the classic Italian organ, by its sound aesthetics and by its painted, gilded case with the flat front made with mitres, flat faces and cornices. Like the type […]

French Organ in Belfort

French style at the St-Christophe Cathedral – historique JB WALTRIN and Frères CALLINET / restauration by manufacture K SCHWENKEDEL

The Organ of la Cathédrale Saint-Christophe, three dates, three faces: 1750 – the creation and Jean-Baptiste Waltrin, 1850 – the extension and the Callinet brothers, 1970 – the reconstruction and Kurt Schwenkedel In 1749, the city of Belfort ordered an organ from Jean-Baptiste Waltrin. The father of Jean-Baptiste had built the organ of the old […]

L’Orgue nordique à Belfort

L’école d’Allemagne du Nord au Temple St-Jean – atelier Marc GARNIER

Une déclinaison Arp Schnitger par Marc Garnier, dans la plus pure tradition nordique Il n’est pas commun qu’une association soit maître d’œuvre d’un projet d’une importance artistique et financière comparable à celui de l’orgue du temple Saint-Jean. Ce rôle est plus souvent tenu par des organismes publics, principaux financeurs des grandes réalisations. Malgré deux écueils redoutables : […]