Sunday, 4 September 2011

Grand orgue de Saint-Louis



Though I have shown you Saint-Louis cathedral inside and out many times (the 'cathedral' label below will take you to all posts), I believe I had yet to show you its organ. It was commissioned by Louis the 15th in 1759 and executed by Louis-Alexandre and François-Henri Clicquot. 12x10 metres, it weighs 53 tons and has 3131 tubes.

Je vous ai souvent montré la cathédrale Saint-Louis (v. ci-dessous le tag "cathedral" pour toutes les photos) mais je ne crois pas avoir déjà posté le grand orgue. Commandé par Louis XV en 1759, il a été exécuté par Louis-Alexandre et François-Henri Clicquot. Il mesure 10 x 12 mètres, pèse 53 tonnes et compte 3131 tuyaux répartis en 46 jeux sur 3 claviers et pédalier.

29 comments:

bfarr said...

What an amazing piece of art...53 tons...wow!

veredit said...

du liebe Güte, was für ein Meisterwerk diese Orgel und deine Bilder sind umwerfend und vermitteln wirklich perfekt ihre grandiose Ausstrahlung!

einen schönen Sonntag für dich,

herzlichst - isabella

ρομπερτ said...

Muss sich wunderbar anhören. Jahre her, dass ich etwas ähnliches hörte. Einen guten Sonntag dir.

Thérèse said...

Quel morceau et la tu me prends par les sentiments car j'aime beaucoup ecouter l'orgue, certainement de bons souvenirs d'enfance et de concerts.

Kay L. Davies said...

C'est magnifique!
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Randy said...

Wow that is amazing. I wonder how long it took to construct.

akarui said...

Des chiffres impressionnants...
Superbes photos de cet orgue. J'adore ecouter les orgues dans les eglises.

Jack said...

Your first photo is wonderful. Isn't it fitting that you show another Saint Louis feature while Bob from St. Louis is visiting France?

Karen Xavier said...

That is impressive... I can imagine how it must have sounded in the days gone. I doubt they use it these days...

joo said...

Impressive organs! I can imagine the sound - must be great!
Happy Sunday to you:)

cieldequimper said...

@ Karen: they do use it.

Woody said...

I looks amazing. The sound must be incredible because the vibrations from pipes (especially the low ones) let to feel the music too.

Birdman said...

THAT could make some noise, I bet.

Leif Hagen said...

What a magnificent organ! How I'd love to hear an organ concert at Saint Louis cathedral!
Bon dimanche

Regina K said...

Wow! Now that is an amazing organ.

Kaori said...

I would LOVE to get my hands on that. I suck but took pipe organ lessons during college ;D

Malyss said...

Orgues en majesté! on dirait qu'il pousse les murs pour se faire de la place..

Doug Hickok said...

I can imagine how beautiful and powerful this organ must sound. Hope you have a wonderful vacation! We are in Ohio today for the third time in a month, this time moving our son. With my daughter moving out last year, my wife and I are officially empty nesters :^) :^(

Loree said...

Oh wow. Absolutely spectacular.

Olivier said...

les orgues sont magnifiques, c'est ce qui manque dans notre belle cathe. Content d'avoir fait ta connaissance.

Sharon said...

That is the most beautiful pipe organ I have ever seen. I can only imagine the tremendous sound that comes from it.

Sharon

VP said...

I have seen this, with an excellent guide...

Andrew said...

A beautiful organ, wonderful to see.
My late Father could play this lovely instrument... he would have loved to have had a go on this one.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

What a magnificent organ Ciel, 53 tons that's huge, must be wonderful to hear it being played in the cathedral situation, with the perfect acoustics!

EG Wow said...

I bet the music it makes is amazing!

James said...

What an amazing organ! I like the look of the light shinning on it.

Halcyon said...

I love seeing inside churches. This is a beautiful old organ. :)

JM said...

Gorgeous! Love that top shot.

Gunn said...

Wooooooooow!