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Introduction

There are 257 organs in Paris, of which 81% great organs. 126 organs (among which 42 choir organs) are property of the city of Paris. The 7th and 16th arrondissements do have the highest organ density. When considering the population density, the 1st, 4th and 8th arrondissement have the highest number of organs per inhabitant.
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Missing organs

There are a few organs which have disappeared during the last decades. They were either sold, transferred to the depot of the city of Paris or simply removed with unknown destination. Chapelle des petites sœurs de l’Assomption: in 2002, this organ has been transferred to the paroisse Sainte-Croix-du-Port, Ivry-sur-Seine Chapelle Notre Dame Réconciliatrice de la Salette: it seems that this organ was not moved to the new chapel when the old chapel was demolished during the 1980’s Chapelle Sainte Bernadette: no organ anymore Eglise luthérienne des Billettes, orgue de choeur: moved to Marseille Cathédrale Arménienne Saint-Jean-Baptiste: This organ has been sold for one euro to the cathédrale Notre-Dame de Senlis. It will be used as a temporary organ during the restoration of the Great Organ Clicquot-Merklin. It left Paris in September 2018.It is replaced by a electronic organ. Notre-Dame de-la-gare, orgue de choeur (1860, (/4): sold in 1991 to a private individual Notre Dame des Champs, orgue de choeur: removed years ago Eglise évangélique Baptiste de Paris (Orgue Gonzalez 1965, II/8 (6): no organ anymore Ecole César Franck rue Gît-le-Coeur (Haerpfer- Ermann 1969 II/6): the school has been closed, it is unknown where the organ is nowadays The organ of Müller of Studio 103 de la Maison de Radio-France was transferred in 2008 to l'église Sainte Jeanne-d'Arc de Versailles; the Gonzalez organ of Studio 104 was transferred to Notre- Dame-de-la-Treille, the cathedral of Lille. Salle Pleyel : a big organ, built by the Société anonyme française de facture d’orgues Cavaillé-Coll in 1929 (IV/70). It is no longer in Paris and seems to have moved several times. It is now said to be stored in some warehouse somewhere in France. The former organ of the cinéma Gaumont- Palace (built in 1930 by Hill, Norman and Beard Limited from Norwich, IV/14, unit) was moved in 1980 to the Pavillon Baltard (the old Halles de Paris) in Nogent-sur-Marne. Opéra comique: This organ, of which the console was missing already is dismantled by Dargassies in 1999 and stored in his atelier in Rambervilliers. The six cinema-organs (le Paramount, le Madeleine, le Clichy Palace, l’Olympia, le Théâtre Pigalle et le Gaumont Palace) are disappeared, with the exeption of the organ of the Gaumont Palace (Hill Norman & Beard, 1930). This organ is entirely rebuilt at the Pavillon Baltard (in Nogent/Marne) in 1980, after a restoration by Dargassies.

Empty organ cases

Saint Georges de la Villette, orgue de la tribune (Abbey,1900): only the case survived. Eglise Eglise luthérienne Trinité-Saint Marcel La Trinité (Ménard, 1847, I/7): only the case survived. Salle Gaveau : an organ built in 1900 by Mutin (III/39) ; only the facade survived - the instrument itself was moved to Saint-Saëns (Normandie).

Statistics

All statistics on this website are based on the database of 257 organs as described on this site. Organs which have been removed or of which only the case survived, have been deleted from this database. It has to be mentioned that the written sources used did not cover the most recent decades, which may have result in an underreport of recent activities of organ builders. In addition, in a few cases (some chapels or temples), the presence of the organ could not be verified as yet. This means that the number of organs could be slightly less than the number of 257.
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Organs of Paris

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A-C A-C D-R D-R S-Z S-Z Banlieue Banlieue

Introduction

Missing organs

Empty organ cases

Statistics

Introduction

There are 257 organs in Paris, of which 81% great organs. 126 organs (among which 42 choir organs) are property of the city of Paris. The 7th and 16th arrondissements do have the highest organ density. When considering the population density, the 1st, 4th and 8th arrondissement have the highest number of organs per inhabitant.

Missing organs

There are a few organs which have disappeared during the last decades. They were either sold, transferred to the depot of the city of Paris or simply removed with unknown destination. Chapelle des petites sœurs de l’Assomption: in 2002, this organ has been transferred to the paroisse Sainte-Croix-du-Port, Ivry-sur-Seine Chapelle Notre Dame Réconciliatrice de la Salette: it seems that this organ was not moved to the new chapel when the old chapel was demolished during the 1980’s Chapelle Sainte Bernadette: no organ anymore Eglise luthérienne des Billettes, orgue de choeur: moved to Marseille Cathédrale Arménienne Saint-Jean-Baptiste: This organ has been sold for one euro to the cathédrale Notre-Dame de Senlis. It will be used as a temporary organ during the restoration of the Great Organ Clicquot-Merklin. It left Paris in September 2018.It is replaced by a electronic organ. Notre-Dame de-la-gare, orgue de choeur (1860, (/4): sold in 1991 to a private individual Notre Dame des Champs, orgue de choeur: removed years ago Eglise évangélique Baptiste de Paris (Orgue Gonzalez 1965, II/8 (6): no organ anymore Ecole César Franck rue Gît-le-Coeur (Haerpfer- Ermann 1969 II/6): the school has been closed, it is unknown where the organ is nowadays The organ of Müller of Studio 103 de la Maison de Radio-France was transferred in 2008 to l'église Sainte Jeanne-d'Arc de Versailles; the Gonzalez organ of Studio 104 was transferred to Notre- Dame-de-la-Treille, the cathedral of Lille. Salle Pleyel : a big organ, built by the Société anonyme française de facture d’orgues Cavaillé-Coll in 1929 (IV/70). It is no longer in Paris and seems to have moved several times. It is now said to be stored in some warehouse somewhere in France. The former organ of the cinéma Gaumont- Palace (built in 1930 by Hill, Norman and Beard Limited from Norwich, IV/14, unit) was moved in 1980 to the Pavillon Baltard (the old Halles de Paris) in Nogent-sur-Marne. Opéra comique: This organ, of which the console was missing already is dismantled by Dargassies in 1999 and stored in his atelier in Rambervilliers. The six cinema-organs (le Paramount, le Madeleine, le Clichy Palace, l’Olympia, le Théâtre Pigalle et le Gaumont Palace) are disappeared, with the exeption of the organ of the Gaumont Palace (Hill Norman & Beard, 1930). This organ is entirely rebuilt at the Pavillon Baltard (in Nogent/Marne) in 1980, after a restoration by Dargassies.

Empty organ cases

Saint Georges de la Villette, orgue de la tribune (Abbey,1900): only the case survived. Eglise Eglise luthérienne Trinité-Saint Marcel La Trinité (Ménard, 1847, I/7): only the case survived. Salle Gaveau : an organ built in 1900 by Mutin (III/39) ; only the facade survived - the instrument itself was moved to Saint-Saëns (Normandie).

Statistics

All statistics on this website are based on the database of 257 organs as described on this site. Organs which have been removed or of which only the case survived, have been deleted from this database. It has to be mentioned that the written sources used did not cover the most recent decades, which may have result in an underreport of recent activities of organ builders. In addition, in a few cases (some chapels or temples), the presence of the organ could not be verified as yet. This means that the number of organs could be slightly less than the number of 257.
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