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Notre Dame de Paris


I just found this thread copied below on a youtube comment.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uUHcgK_9zQ


Got this from a friend who's a voicer: From a facebook thread: A statement from, Vincent Dubois, one of the three organiste titulairs at Notre Dame de Paris.
"Contrary to the rumors that circulated early this morning, the great organ is, a priori, saved. There are a few puddles on the left and right, but nothing dramatic. The case would be spared, as well as the pipe work... It's miraculous. We were in contact all night with my colleagues Olivier Latry and Philippe Lefebvre and we no longer believed in it. The stone roof slab that connects the two towers saved the instrument: there is no frame there from the roof, so the water sent by the fire brigade flowed on either side and did not fall on the organ loft. On the other hand, if the vaults of the nave, very weakened, are not quickly consolidated, it will probably be necessary to dismantle the organ and find a workshop large enough to shelter it. There is no such system in the Paris region. The challenge is to know very quickly whether the keystones will withstand the weight of the water and molten lead that has been poured into them. The choir organ did not burn either, but it did take on water completely. We'll have to see what's left of it... It'll take years before we can play this instrument again, but the most important thing was that it didn't end up in ashes. We will be patient and mobilize for its rehabilitation, once it has been closely examined."?
by unclegally
Apr 18, 2019 08:48 AM

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RE: Notre Dame de Paris

So glad to know. This instrument was unique and irreplaceable. Thank you for the update.

But it does kind of underscore the importance of sampling historical organs such as this, for preservation as well as commercial purposes. Things could have gone very differently, and then we would have lost this sound forever, when we didn't have to.

The acoustics of Notre Dame were also quite special, and while I realize they can no longer be replicated exactly (no more 400-year old, hundred-meter-tall trees), I do hope they are considered as plans are made to rebuild.
by jtadams
Apr 18, 2019 12:02 PM

RE: Notre Dame de Paris

It was my understanding that there was a 3rd smaller portable organ that could be moved into some of the side chapels for devotions. My memory isn't very good anymore, but I think some organ websites refered to it as a trancept organ? I haven't heard anything about the disposition of that instrument (if it was still in use). Even with the survival of the pipes on the great organ, i'm betting that the smoke residue and heating and cooling may have greatly altered their temperment, and think that digitized samples would have helped in retuning them.
by KSByrne
Apr 19, 2019 04:49 AM

RE: Notre Dame de Paris

KSByrne wrote:

It was my understanding that there was a 3rd smaller portable organ that could be moved into some of the side chapels for devotions. My memory isn't very good anymore, but I think some organ websites refered to it as a trancept organ? I haven't heard anything about the disposition of that instrument (if it was still in use). Even with the survival of the pipes on the great organ, i'm betting that the smoke residue and heating and cooling may have greatly altered their temperment, and think that digitized samples would have helped in retuning them.

If you refering to the positive organ that the choir of the cathedral sometimes use to the continuo in some of their performances, I haven't heard anything definitive about it but when not in use, it is (was) kept outside of the cathedral proper, presumably somewhere that didn't burn so it should hopefully be ok.

by Hyero
Apr 19, 2019 03:07 PM

RE: Notre Dame de Paris

Hyero wrote:

If you refering to the positive organ that the choir of the cathedral sometimes use to the continuo in some of their performances, I haven't heard anything definitive about it but when not in use, it is (was) kept outside of the cathedral proper, presumably somewhere that didn't burn so it should hopefully be ok.

Thanks so much, you hit the nail on the head. Glad to hear that it is most likely undamaged.
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by KSByrne
Apr 23, 2019 02:51 AM

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