Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles

The building

The INJA was founded in 1784 by Valentin Haüy. A famous pupil (and later teacher) was Louis Braille, the inventor of the braille system. From its start, the teaching of music has been an important part of the educational program of this institute The first organ class started in 1826 and by 1833 no less than 14 blind students held organist positions in the churches of Paris. The institute continued to produce large number of successful organists such as Louis Vierne, André Marchal, Jean Langlais and Gaston Litaize.
The present building dates from 1844.
See www.musimem.com/INJA.htm (in French) for further details.


The organs

The institute houses three organs:
Salle Marchal:
an organ built by by Cavaillé-Coll in 1883 and severely modified and enlarged by Gonzalez in 1959 (68/III)
Salle Sèvres:
an organ built by by Cavaillé-Coll a few years after the organ at the Salle Marchal and modified by Beuchet in 1932 and in the 90ies by Gonzalez-Danel-Dargassies (23/II)
Salle Duroc:
an organ built by by Cavaillé-Coll in the 1860ies, possibly using parts of an earlier organ buily by the same builder in 1857 severely modified by Beuchet in 1932 and by Costa in 1956 (19/II)

Source: Dominique Levacque Considerations upon the history of the organs of INJA (in French) [239 KB]

Grand Orgue Salle Marchal

Main builder History Latest restauration
1883 - Aristide Cavaillé-Coll 1910 - Puget
1926 - Convers (Chopra)
1949 - Beuchet
1959/1979/1982 - Gonzalez
1961- Danion-Gonzalez

III/68 - electrico-pneumatical action
Stoplist [357 KB]

Orgue Salle Duroc

Main builder History Latest restauration
1857?/186? - Aristide Cavaillé-Coll ?? 1932 - Beuchet-Debierre
1956 - Gonzalez (Costa)
1956 - Gonzalez (Costa)

II/21 - mechanical traction
Stoplist
Demonstration of the organ by Dominique Levacque, organiste titulaire INJA

Orgue Salle Sèvres

Main builder History Latest restauration
1885 - Aristide Cavaillé-Coll 1953 - Beuchet
199? - Gonzalez-Danel-Dargassies
199? - Gonzalez-Danel-Dargassies

II/23 - mechanical traction
Stoplist

Titulaire: Dominique Levacque
Famous organists in the past: Louis Vierne, André Marchal, Gaston Litaize, Jean Langlais
See also: Dominique Levacque Considerations upon the history of the organs of INJA (in French) [239 KB]

Concerts: now and then (only on the organ of Salle Marchal)


Dominique Levacque: Gaston LITAIZE - 5 Pièces

Dominique Levacque - Widor Toccata (symphonie V)

Dominique Levacque - Dupré Prélude & fugue op.nr.2

Dominique Levacque - Dupré Prélude & fugue op.nr.3

Dominique Levacque - Alain: Litanies

Dominique Levacque - Guilmant: sonate V,1

Dominique Levacque - Guilmant: sonate V,2