The organ

The biggest private organ in Europe

The organ is classified as national landmark since 1991 and the auditorium has been protected on the “inventaire supplémentaire des monuments historiques” since 1995.

Historic overview

Thel organ was constructed in 1899 for Alexandre Guilmant by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. It was first located in M. Guilmant mansion (which doesn’t exist anymore), just a few hundred meters away from its current location. At this time it had three keyboards and 28 stops.

Bought by Dupré in 1926, the organ was moved to the 40 boulevard Anatole France in Meudon. The auditorium was constructed specifically to host it and richly decorated.
Dupré had Guilmant’s organ modified: a fourth keyboard was added, as well as a very modern console including a “combinateur”, and one additional octave in the high notes.

Technical points

There is about 2.200 pipes in total. some specific devices were invented by Dupré such as the coupure pédale (ability to split the pedalier in two different registrations), the sostenuto or the “keyboard split “.

bombarde and flûte pipes

Grand Orgue pipes

The organ registration

Grand Orgue: 5 jeux Positif: 8 jeux Récit: 9 jeux Solo: 6 jeux Pédale: 6 jeux
Bourdon 16′ Quintaton 16′ Diapason 8′ Flûte 4′ Contrebasse 16′
Flûte harmonique 8′ Cor de nuit 8′ Dulciane 8′ Gambe 8′ Soubasse 16′
Montre 8′ Principal 8′ Flûte harmonique 8′ Voix céleste 8′ Bourdon 8′
Prestant 4′ Flûte douce 4′ Voix céleste 8′ Basson 16′ Flûte 8′
Salicional 8′ Nasard 2’2/3 Flûte octaviante 4′ Clarinette 8′ Violoncelle 8′
Quarte de nasard 2′ Doublette 2′ Hautbois 8′ Bombarde 16′
Tierce 1’3/5 Plein jeu 3′
Clarinette 8′ Hautbois 8′
Trompette 8′
Sostenuto Sostenuto Sostenuto Sostenuto Coupure pédale
Trémolo Trémolo Trémolo