From the Mailbag: Parisian Pipes

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1862 Cavaille-Coll/St. Sulpice, Paris , France Selbymay, Wikimedia Commons

Hello Michael,

Thank you for your wonderful program which I hear Sunday mornings in NJ (WWFM). I will be in London and Paris early May; given your familiarity with organs in the cities would you recommend a few to try to hear; my particular interest would be tracker action...and old.

Thank you!
David M.

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David,

Give me the background on your ‘tracker’ preference. In London, you should search out the best organs, which likely should include St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. You can get a sense of other instruments from our 2012 PIPEDREAMS tour list. Watch here, too, for concert activity.


As for Paris, the most famous ‘tracker’ would be St. Sulpice (1862 Cavaille-Coll, still with its original mechanical action throughout). Unfortunately, most of the other C-C organs have been electrified. Others of interest:

Eglise Sainte-Eisabeth (195 rue de Temple)
Eglise Sainte-Gervais, the Couperin Church (1 rue Francois Miron)
Eglise Sainte-Antoine des Quinze-Vingt (66 avenue Ledru-Rollin)
Eglise Sainte-Eustache (2 impasse Sainte-Eustache)
Eglise Sainte-Louis en l’Ile (19 bis, rue Sainte-Louis-en-l’Ile)
Eglise Sainte-Severin (3 rue des Pretres Sainte-Severin)

This website might be useful, too.

That ought to keep you busy...!

JMB