White night
publié le 28/09/2011 dans 2011

The samedi 1er octobre 2011 de 20h30 à 0h30

Samedi 1er octobre 2011 de 20h30 à 0h30

Comme tous les ans, Notre-Dame de Paris s’associera à cette initiative de la Ville de Paris.

Au cours de la nuit, la cathédrale resta accessible à tous pour des concerts de musique sacrée par les chœurs de la Maîtrise, les grandes orgues et la projection du film Notre-Dame de Paris, living cathedral.

Des prêtres se tiendront à votre disposition pour vous accueillir, fidèles, pèlerins, visiteurs, en ce haut lieu de chrétienté, chefs d’œuvre de l’architecture gothique.
Plus qu’un monument historique, notre-Dame de Paris est avant tout « la Maison de Dieu et la Demeure des hommes », car cet édifice, vivant par la foi et la prière des fidèles, est chargé d’expérience humaine et chrétienne. Ce lieu est un témoin de la vie du Peuple de Dieu, du rayonnement de sa charité, de sa fervente espérance.
Since its origins, it is the living stones, formed by the believers, that give it its true existence.






20h30 : Récital aux grandes orgues de la cathédrale

Par les élèves des classes d’Orgue et d’Improvisation du Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris
avec la participation des chantres de la Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris


– Suite française improvisée sur l’hymne grégorienne Caelestis urbs Jerusalem
Grand orgue : Samuel Liegeon
En alternance avec les chantres

Organ piece de Jean - Sébastien BACH
Grand orgue : Coralie Amedjkane

– Choral et variations improvisés dans le style de Jean-Sébastien BACH
Grand orgue : David Cassan

Passacaglia de Jean - Sébastien BACH
Grand orgue : Ganaël Schneider

– Trois versets improvisés sur l’hymme grégorienne Lucis creator Optime
Grand orgue : Samuel Liegeon
En alternance avec les chantres

Troisième choral de César-Auguste FRANCK
Grand orgue : Ganaël Schneider

– Variations symphoniques improvisées sur une chanson française
Grand orgue David Cassan

– Variations sur le Veni creator de Maurice DURUFLÉ
Grand orgue : Coralie Amedjkane
En alternance avec les chantres

– Improvisation libre
Grand orgue Samuel Liegeon


22h30 et 23h30 : Projections du film « Notre-Dame de Paris, cathédrale vivante »

« NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS, Cathédrale vivante ». Tel est le titre de ce film sur la cathédrale. Il sera projeté dans la nef, sur un écran de tulle de plus de 100 mètres carrés.

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."

Une grande campagne de tournage a été confié par la cathédrale à la société Through and through en vue de la réalisation de ce film documentaire (16/9, HD). Plus d’une heure de film qui vous permettra
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.


dimanche 2 octobre à 0h30 : Fermeture de la cathédrale





The great organ of Notre-Dame de Paris

There were undoubtedly organs at Notre-Dame Paris from its construction in the 12Th century but Léonin , composer of Organa, founder of the Ecole Notre-Dame and qualified as Optimus organista, then Perotin the great (1160-1220), probably knew only of the small instruments in the choir. As a great organ is probably built in Notre Dame in the the 13Th century. In 1330 the accounts of the Cathedral mention the payment of stamps to an organist. A few years later appears the name of Jean de Bruges, organist and perhaps also organ factor. The instrument is then suspended in "swallow's nest" under a high window of the nave : this is a still modest 6-foot organ with a single keyboard with 4-6 pipes per note. In 1401 one decides to construct a new organ on the stone grandstand above the large West Gate. Since that date, 50 organists have succeeded in the keyboards of the great organ suspended under the sunset rosette.

One of the first, in 1450, was the famous author of the true mystery of passion, Arnoul Gréban. From century to century, the great organ grows and is the subject of multiple restorations and reconstructions until, in the eighteenth century, to take the proportions that he still has now. At each time the organ of Notre Dame is the subject of the most attentive care and is endowed with new games and technical improvements; However, the organ factors focus on retaining the best of the previous strata and that is why it still exist today some pipes of the medieval period.

The great organ escapes the turmoil of the revolution, thanks undoubtedly to the interpretation of patriotic music such as those composed in 1792 by the organist Balbastre, author of variations on the Marseillaise and the air will be fine. In 1868, after the work of the organ factor Aristide Cavaillé-Coll , initiated by the architect Viollet-le-Duc. , it finds its symphonic fullness with 86 games, on 5 keyboards and pedal.

Louis Vierne, organist from 1900 to 1937, modifies it twice and Pierre Cochereau, organist from 1955 to 1984, increases and modernizes from 1963 to 1975. Then in 1992, it is subject to a complete restoration which allows to restore the Symphonic sonorities of the organ of Cavaillé-Coll while preserving the previous strata (XVII and XVIII centuries) and associating the undeniable contributions of the contemporary world.

Authentic witness of several centuries of music and the Bill of French organs, the great organ of Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the few French instruments that allow to serve with sincerity and emotion of many repertoires and to arouse creation through musical composition and improvisation.

It can be heard during the Dominican offices under the fingers of one of the three titular organists (Olivier LATRY, Philippe LEFEBVRE And Jean - Pierre LEGUAY) and the Sunday afternoon before the Office of Vespers (except Sundays in lent time) during a Hearing given by guest organists, from all over the world to play this prestigious instrument, or by one of the incumbent organists on the days of great festivals. These hearings have hosted thousands of Organists from all five continents. In addition, organ recitals are organized in the evening as part of the concert season of theSacred Music Association at Notre-Dame de Paris.

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Sacred Music at Notre-Dame de Paris

Import-1184. jpgMusic has always been an integral part of the life of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral. It was at that time that the arches were raised in the sky to form the choir of the church, which was born in the school of Notre-Dame and its large polyphonys. The audacity of the cathedral builders responded to that of the musicians. Since then, the musical tradition of Notre-Dame de Paris has maintained itself at the highest level and each generation has come to bring its stone to the prestigious building that constitutes the musical history of the cathedral.

Aware of this secular heritage, the national and international influence of the activities and the excellence of the training provided by the master's degree Notre-Dame de Paris, the state, the city of Paris and the diocesan Association of Paris decided In 1991 to create the Association sacred Music in Notre-Dame de Paris.

Responsible for the artistic and administrative coordination of all musical aspects of the cathedral, sacred music in Notre-Dame de Paris has for essential missions the musical teaching and the training of singers, the musical animation of Liturgical celebrations of the cathedral, the organization of concerts and hearings, the musicology research around the heritage of Notre-Dame de Paris, the diffusion and musical creation.

A very complete vocal and instrumental device is implemented at the service of these missions. The central element is the master's degree Notre-Dame de Paris, composed of several ensembles (children's choir, young ensemble, Adult choir in professional formation, Gregorian Ensemble), to which are occasionally joined by baroque orchestras or Symphonic. The great organ, the choir organ and the team of organists attached to them are also major actors.

The concert season, the organ hearings on Sunday afternoon, the reception each year of fifty choirs from around the world, as well as the daily presence of the music at Notre-Dame de Paris, testify to a requirement of musical quality in Harmony with the exceptional vocation of this high place.



Find all the concerts of the 2011-2012 season by clicking here.

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