Organ recital by James David CHRISTIE
published on 31/08/2010 in 2010

The Tuesday 14 December 2010 at 8.30 pm

Tuesday 14 December 2010 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.

Four recitals during this 2010-2011 concert season, will give us the opportunity to hear from our Lady of famous French and American Organists. Louis ROBILLIARD and Daniel ROTH are two of the most prestigious representatives of the French organ school: their meeting with the fabulous instrument of our Cathedral will undoubtedly constitute a major musical event. James-David CHRISTIE and Jeremy FILSELL will come to us on the other side of the Atlantic, and will put all their talent to make the Cathedral's famous instrument sound.






Fuga sopra il Magnificat BWV 733 de Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Magnificat IX. Toni (6 versets) de Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)

– Choral Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland BWV 659 de Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Magnificat primi toni BuxWV203 de Dieterich Buxtehude (ca1637-1707)

– Choral In Dulci Jubilo BWV 729 de Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Six variations sur un psaume huguenot Op. 1 (1974) d’André Isoir (né 1935)

– Choral Wachet auf, ruft UNS die Stimme BWV 645 de Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

– Choralfantasie sur Wachet auf, ruft UNS die Stimme op. 52, no. 2 de Max Reger (1873-1916)


James David CHRISTIE
James David Christie a été le premier américain a gagné le premier prix et le prix de l’auditoire du prestigieux concours international de Bruges en 1979. Il est l’organiste titulaire de l’Orchestre Symphonique de Boston depuis 1978 et a joué avec les principaux orchestres symphoniques américaines et européens. Ses 50 tournées de concerts l’ont amené dans le monde entier.Il s’intéresse particulièrement à la musique sacrée des 17è et 18è siècles et il dirige l’Ensemble Abendmusik, un chœur et orchestre baroque bostonien spécialisé dans ce répertoire. Il a été fait Docteur honoris causa de l’école de droit de la Nouvelle Angleterre et également titulaire du prix des « anciens »(alumni) remarquables du Conservatoire de Nouvelle Angleterre, pour sa contribution exceptionnelle à la vie musicale de Boston. Sur le plan pédagogique, il est membre régulier de nombreux concours internationaux dans ceux de Chartres, Amsterdam, Lübeck, Calgary, Dallas, Leipzig, Tokyo, Lausanne, Boston et Bruges. Il est professeur d’orgue au Conservatoire prestigieux Oberlin, dans l’Ohio et Artiste distingué en résidence au Collège de Worcester, après avoir eu plusieurs positions au Conservatoire de Boston, au MIT et à l’Université de Boston. Ses enregistrements, dont certains ont été couronnés de prix, sont chez Decca, Philips, Denon, RCA, Dorian, Naxos et GM Records.


The organ recitals of the 2010-2011 season

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

– Mardi 14 décembre 2010 à 20h30
James David CHRISTIE

Tuesday 29 March 2011 at 8.30 pm
Daniel ROTH

Tuesday May 24th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Find all the concerts of the 2010-2011 season By clicking here.



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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Christmas time at Notre-Dame de Paris

The crib, from the first Sunday of Advent (Saturday, November 27, 2010) to the feast of the presentation of Jesus at the Temple (Wednesday, February 2, 2011).
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 27, 2010) to the feast of the presentation of Jesus at the Temple (Wednesday, February 2, 2011).
The "Advent words", on Sundays 28 November, 5, 12 and 19 December 2010.
The Exceptional concert: Christmas Oratorio de Johann - Sebastian BACH, Tuesday, November 30, 2010.
The Christmas Concert, Monday, December 20, 2010.
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 "Stink Natus is", 29 December 2010.

but also:
The concert "Marian Polyphonys of the Renaissance", Tuesday, December 7, 2010.
The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2010.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 11 December 2010.
The mass of Saint Eloi, 12 December 2010.
The Grand organ recital by James-Davis CHRISTIE, Tuesday, December 14, 2010.
The homage to Yves Deverny, Saturday, January 29th, 2011.
The Exceptional concert: Requiem of Fauré and Symphony of Psalms de Stravinsky, Tuesday, February 1, 2011.

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