The current choir organ is an instrument of Robert Boisseau in the old buffet constructed in 1863 and designed by Viollet-le-Duc, who was responsible for the comprehensive restoration of the cathedral at that time. Due to poor maintenance and unsuccesful restorations, the original instrument of Merklin was considered to be in such a poor condition that it could not be saved. Robert Boisseau built a new instrument of 28 stops (later 2 additional stops were added). In 1989, the Chalumeau of the pedal was replace by a Clairon. In 2005, the organ was cleaned by Philippe Guyonnet and tuned by Bertrand Cattiaux. In 2010, further works were carried out by Bertrand Cattiaux and a new console was installed.
This organ is built in a French-classical style.
Full history of the choir organs of Notre-Dame.
There is third organ, a portable instrument for continuo to accompany the Notre-Dame de Paris choir school’s ensembles and soloists.
|Main builder||History||Latest restauration|
|1969 - Robert Boisseau||
1869 - Merklin
1969 - Robert Boisseau
1970/1978/1989 - Jean-Loup Boisseau
|2005/2010 - Philippe Guyonnet & Bertrand Cattiaux|
II/30 - mechanical traction (maunals) and electric traction (stops)
Masses in weekend with the choir organ:
in the main masses, the choir organ accompanies the choir and all musical liturgical parts. The great organ plays the entrée, the offertoire, the communion and the sortie (and some songs or responses for all).
Saturday 5.45 PM (evening prayer, choir-organ only), 6.30 PM
Sunday 8.30 AM (choir-organ only), 9.30 AM (morning prayer, choir-organ only), 10.00, 11.30, 12.45 AM, 6.30 PM; on sundays, the great organ plays also during the evening prayer at 5.45 PM.
Masses on weekdays with the choir organ:
5.45 PM evening prayer and 6.15 PM mass