The neoclassical organ and the great Aristide Cavaillé-Coll organ of Saint-Sulpice, Paris
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'Associating the neoclassical trend with the Grand Orgue of Saint-Sulpice is, at the very least, unusual. On the one hand, we have the movement that lies at the root of the transformation of numerous Romantic organs, and on the other, the largest instrument produced by the builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1811-99), passed down to us in virtually its original condition and known for the interpretation of the Romantic-Symphonic repertoire…'
So begins Daniel Roth's and Pierre-François Dub-Attenti's thesis The neoclassical Organ and the Great Aristide Cavaillé-Coll Organ of Saint-Sulpice, Paris. In this finely analytical survey of the Cavaillé-Coll organ in Saint-Sulpice, Paris, the authors consider the instrument in both its 19th- and 20th-century contexts, and argue that it is a suitable vehicle for interpreting music from a wide circle of repertoire.
The monograph contains:
- Techniques used by neoclassical organ builders, including the importance of Victor Gonzalez
- The path traced by Cavaillé-Coll in the 19th Century, including the differences between the organs of Notre-Dame and Saint-Sulpice
- An interview with Daniel Roth