Organ recital by Henri-Franck BEAUPÉRIN
published on 27/09/2011 in 2011

The Tuesday 29 November 2011 at 8.30 pm

Tuesday 29 November 2011 at 8.30 pm

The great organ of Notre-Dame de Paris is part of the sound space and architecture of the Cathedral. It is one of the main elements of the liturgical and musical life of the Cathedral and contributes to the beauty of the offices and the spiritual and artistic radiance of Notre-Dame de Paris.

Organist of the Cathedral of Angers, Henri-Franck BEAUPÉRIN is one of the last pupils of Gaston Litaize. Invited to the biggest organ festivals in Europe, he has a predilection for improvisation, transcription but also the exploration of contemporary music. From Tournemire to Florentz, he will honour some of the most emblematic composers of organ literature in France in the twentieth century.



Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)

Jean-Louis Florentz (1947-2004)
The ring of Solomon

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
The celestial banquet

Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
SuiteOp. 5 Prelude, Sicilian, Toccata


import-1649. jpgHenri-Franck BEAUPÉRIN was one of the last disciples of Gaston Litaize before obtaining at the Conservatoire de Paris the first prizes of organ and improvisation in the classes of Michel Chapuis, Olivier Latry and Loïc Mallié. He was awarded at various international competitions in Tokyo, Budapest or Lahti (Finland), as well as at the first international competition in Paris (1995), where the Grand Prix d'interpretation and the award of interpretation of the work imposed ("praise" of Jean Guillou) are awarded unanimously by the jury. In 2001, he was awarded the Fondation de France – Charles Oulmont prize.

Holder of the large organs of the Cathedral of Angers, he is pedagogical Director of the Academy of improvisation at the organ of the pays de la Loire and carries out an important activity of promotion and enrichment of the organistic heritage of this region, where several instruments have been restored or rebuilt according to its advice.

He is invited to many international festivals as an interpreter, improver or pedagogue, both in Europe and in America and Asia: sacred art festival of Paris (creation of the first organ Concerto by Thierry Escaich with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris under the direction of Jean-Jacques Kantorow), Festival d'Art Sacré d'Angers (creation of the choreographic oratorio "la passion de Becket" by Régis Obadia, music by Thierry Escaich), Paris (Notre-Dame, la Madeleine, St-Eustache...), Chartres, St-Maximin , St-Bertrand-de-Comminges, "Océane Nocturnes" by Luzon, Festival des Orgues de L'aisne, "Toulouse-Les-Orgues", Festival d'Avignon, Monaco, Internationale Orgelakademie d'Altenberg, Bruxelles, Antwerp, Luxembourg, Haarlem, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Montreal ...

His discography, which testifies to his predilection for the art of improvisation and transcription, has been praised by international critics. After having made the first complete recording, he made the first edition of the organ work of Raphaël Fumet (Éditions Delatour). He is also the author of several organ transcriptions, including the symphonic poem "the ring of Solomon" by Jean-Louis Florentz.


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


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Christmas time at Notre-Dame de Paris

The crib, from the first Sunday of Advent (Saturday, November 28, 2011) to the feast of the presentation of Jesus at the temple (Thursday, February 2, 2012).
The Nocturnes of the crib, every Saturday and Sunday until 20:45.
The tree on the forecourt, from the first Sunday of Advent (Saturday, November 28, 2011) to the feast of the presentation of Jesus at the temple (Thursday, February 2, 2011).
The Advent Lyrics , on Sunday 27 November, 4, 11 and 18 December 2011 at 17h20.
The Christmas Concert, Tuesday 20 December 2011 at 20:30.
Christmas OfficesOn December 24th and 25th.
The CD At the coming of Christmas , bringing together the musical formations of the cathedral.
The Gregorian chant concert Puer natus is , Thursday 29 December 2011 at 20:30.
The solemnity of Saint Mary, mother of God, 45th world day of peace, on Sunday, January 1, 2012.
The solemnity of the Lord's Epiphany, on Sunday, January 8, 2012.

but also:
The recital at the great organ by Henri-Franck BEAUPÉRIN, Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 at 8:30 pm.
The concert «Ave Maria» Marian Polyphonies of the Renaissance and today , Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 8.30 pm.
The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, on Thursday, 8 December 2011, and prayer vigil around the Holy Crown of thorns at 20:00.
The mass of Saint Éloi, on Sunday 11 December 2011 at 10:00 am.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Monday, December 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm.
The recital at the great organ by Pascal REBER, Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at 8:30 pm.

Light a candle at Notre-Dame