Wednesday, October 7, 2009

1888 Cavaille-Coll-Organ Of St. Sernin, Toulouse

1888 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Church of Saint Sernin, Toulouse, France 

The basilica also contains a large three-manual Cavaillé-Coll pipe organ built in 1888. Together with the Cavaillé-Coll instruments at Saint-Sulpice in Paris and the Church of St. Ouen, Rouen, it is considered to be one of the most important organs in France.

The organ at St. Sernin was inaugurated in 1889 by Guilmant with 54 stops on 3 manuals and pedal. From the beginning it has been recognized as an important work of art and it remains essentially unchanged today.

Pipe Organ Toulouse St. Sernin Variations on 'America'

Charles Ives' ultimate "Americana" piece, performed by an American artist -- on a French organ. George Baker recorded this in 1976, to celebrate the American Bicentennial.

Myron Roberts' Prelude & Trumpetings: one of the great American compositions of the 20th century.

George Baker, probably the world's only concert organist/dermatologist, recorded this in 1976. As a tribute to the American Bicentennial, Dr. Baker recorded an all-American disc -- on a French instrument. In fact, one of the consummate French organs, the 1889 Cavaillé-Coll at St. Sernin in Toulouse. It's a III/54/73, & is a superb example of the argument that you don't need a huge instrument to make a very impressive sound. Don't be misled by the quiet opening; this piece finishes with a flourish of amazing C-C reeds.


Montre 16
Bourdon 16
Montre 8

Flute harmonique 8
Gambe 8
Salicional 8
Bourdon 8
Prestant 4
Flute octaviante 4
Quinte 2 2/3
Doublette 2
Fourniture 5 rangs
Cymbale 4 rangs
Cornet 5 rangs
Bombarde 16
Trompette 8
Clairon 4
Clairon-doublette 2
Trompette en chamade 8
Clairon en chamade 4


Montre 8
Cor de nuit 8
Salicional 8
Unda maris 8
Prestant 4
Flute douce 4
Carillon 3 rangs
Basson-Hautbois 8
Trompette 8
Clairon 4


Quintaton 16
Diapason 8
Flute harmonique 8

Viole de Gambe 8
Voix celeste 8
Flute octaviante 4
Octavin 2
Voix humaine 8
Basson-Hautbois 8
Cornet 5 rangs
Bombarde 16
Clarinette 8
Trompette 8
Clairon harmonique 4


Principalbasse 32'
Contrebasse 16

Soubasse 16
Grosse flute 8
Violoncelle 8
Octave 4
Bombarde 32
Bombarde 16
Trompette 8
Clairon 4

Effets d'orage
Octaves aigues du Pédalier
Tirasses GO
Tirasses Pos
Tirasses Rec
Anches Ped
Anches GO
Anches Pos
Anches Rec

Trémolo Recit
Octave grave GO
Apel GO
Copula Pos/GO
Copula Rec/GO
Octave grave Recit
Apel Recit

Claviers C-g3
Pedale C-f

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