The organs are part of the sound space and the architecture of the Cathedral. They are one of the major elements of the liturgical and musical life of the Cathedral and contribute to the beauty of offices and to the spiritual and artistic radiance of Notre-Dame de Paris.
There are three organs in Notre-Dame de Paris:
- the great organ which, with five keyboards, one hundred and nine games and nearly eight thousand pipes, is and arguably the most famous in the world;
- The Choir organ, instrument of thirty games and two thousand pipes, of which the neo-Gothic buffet of the nineteenth century is perched on the stalls of the choir, North side;
- a positive organ a keyboard and five games, a mobile instrument that ensures the Continuo of the ensembles and soloists of the Notre-Dame de Paris mastery.
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The Great organ
There were undoubtedly organs at Notre-Dame Paris from its construction in the 12Th century but Leonin, a composer of Organa, founder of the Ecole Notre-Dame and qualified as Optimus organista, then Pérotin the great (1160-1220), probably knew only small instruments in the choir. For as much a "great organ" is probably built to [...]
The Choir organ
The choir organ of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral is an instrument of 30 games distributed on two keyboards and a pedal. Its history begins at the beginning of the nineteenth century, in the aftermath of the revolution, when the "fashion" of the chorus organs spreads in the churches to overcome the lack of musicians of [...]