White night
published on 10/09/2009 in 2009

The Saturday 3 October 2008 from 20:30 to 05:00, Notre-Dame de Paris partnered, as every year, with this initiative of the city of Paris. During the night, the Cathedral remained accessible to all for several concerts of sacred music by the master choirs, the large organs and an installation of a contemporary artist...

Saturday 3 October 2009 from 20:00 to 05:00

Like every year, Notre-Dame de Paris teamed up with this initiative of the city of Paris.

During the night, the Cathedral remained accessible to all for several concerts of sacred music by the master choirs, the large organs and an installation of a contemporary artist...


20:00 to 05:00: "crystals" by Sylvie FLEURY

For Nuit Blanche 2009, the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral welcomed "crystals" by Sylvie FLEURY, a work presented for the first time in Grenoble in 2001. Very widely reformulated for the majestic setting of the immense Gothic Cathedral, the work proposed a new route through this high place of Christendom. Arranged in the lateral chapels, these luminous crystals came to evoke in turn a path of the cross, the illumination of the faith or the colorful shimmering of stained glass...


20h30: Gregorian chant concert

The musical repertoire of Notre-Dame de Paris was formed very early in the history of music: this concert will testify, we shall be given to hear Gregorian pieces, monodies and polyphony created at the time when daring architects then built the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.
These prayers have crossed the centuries and all their purity resounded again under the vaults of the Cathedral.

Mastery of Notre-Dame de Paris, Gregorian ensemble, medieval instruments
Sylvain DIEUDONNÉ, direction

– Conductus: Castiatis thalamum
– Conductus: Maria Virgo virginum
– Cantiga de Santa Maria 48: Tanto son da groriosa
– Llibre Vermell: O Virgo splendens
– Llibre Vermell: The inperayritz
– Conductus: Verbum bonum and suave
– Cantiga de Santa Maria 302: A Madre de Jhesu Cristo
– Llibre Vermell: Laudemus virginem
– Conductus: Ave Maria
– Llibre Vermell: Los goytx set
– Cantiga de Santa Maria 311: O that DIZ that serve
– Llibre Vermell: Cuncti simus concanentes


21:30: recital at the cathedral organ

through A. m. VEXO, alternate organist at the Cathedral Choir organ

– Johann-Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Fantasy and Fugue in g minor BWV 542, choral Wachet auf, ruft UNS die Stimme BWV 645
– Wolfgang-Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Fantasy in f minor K 608
– César FRANCK (1822-1890)
Cantabile, Heroic piece
– Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844-1937)
Allegro Vivace Excerpt from the Fifth Symphony
– Louis VIERNE (1870-1937)
Impromptu, meditation, Westminster Carillon
– Marcel DUPRÉ (1886-1971)
Procession and Litanie


23:00: screenings of the film "Notre-Dame de Paris, living Cathedral"

"NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS, living Cathedral". This is the title of this new film about the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. It will be projected in the nave of the Cathedral, on a tulle screen of more than 100 square meters.

Rising to the heavens, Notre-Dame has risen since 1163
as a landmark in the heart of yesterday and today's Paris.
Most visited monument, nearly 15 million pilgrims and visitors
from all over the world to cross its portals every year.
Masterpiece of Gothic art,
much more than a historical monument,
Our Lady of Paris is above all
"the House of God and the abode of men."

Since Christmas 2007, a large filming campaign has been entrusted by the Cathedral to the company in Travers for the realization of this documentary film (16/9, HD). More than an hour of film that will allow you to
to penetrate the Notre-Dame de Paris
No one has ever been able to do so: exceptional views,
3D reconstructions, the details of his masterpieces,
without forgetting the music and the beauty of the liturgical celebrations...

This documentary film published on DVD, translated into 7 languages, is available at the Cathedral at the price of €25 or by Internet By clicking here.


00:00: projections of the Opera of images "rejoice, Mary"

We propose you to discover the greatest masterpieces of art, accompanied by the song of the hymn addressed to the Virgin Mary: theAkathist Anthem.
This hymn is one of the highest and most famous virgin prayers of the Byzantine tradition. This 7th century literary and theological masterpiece presents the common and universal faith of the Church towards the mother of God.
The Byzantine liturgical chant, the music of Josquin of the near and Monterverdi, the texts of Paul Claudel highlight the joy, peace and Thanksgiving of this hymn.
For an hour, the beauty of the masterpieces of the Christian art of East and West accompanies this projection where art shines in the prestigious setting of Notre Dame de Paris.

Rejoice, Marie is an opera of images directed by Jean-Michel Mahenc.


Sunday 4 October at 05:00: closing of the Cathedral







Thanks to Alexandre ROSA – TravelPics.fr for photographs.

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