The Great Organ at Saint-Sulpice

While I didn’t get to attend any organ concerts while in Paris, I did manage to get over to Saint-Sulpice just before their solemn Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Here is a short clip of some of the prelude music that was played. I stayed until the opening prayer; I wish I had had the time to stay for the whole thing and hear the postlude(s)! Not sure if this piece in the video was improvised or a composition.

Hopefully on a future trip to Paris I’ll be able to attend some recitals.

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8 Responses to The Great Organ at Saint-Sulpice

  1. Now that I think of it, it sounds like a fantasy on Pange Lingua, but again, I’m not sure if it’s improvved or if someone composed that.

  2. Rob Kuehn says:

    Sweet. Love “orgel konzerts” as the Germans say I think. Most memorable was in St Stephens Cathedral in Budapest. Your picture reminds me of it a lot.

  3. Johanna says:

    I *loved* hearing this! That’s how an organ should sound! I, too, thought of Pange Lingua. It’s not a piece a recognize, although that doesn’t say a whole lot. My guess is it’s an improvisation on P.L. Thank you for recording this and sharing it.

    • Mrs. Horton, I just wrote an email to Daniel Roth to see if I can find out more about this piece. On the St. Sulpice organ web site a prelude by Nicolas de Grigny was indicated, but the only one I could find on Youtube that matched it was definitely not this piece. And as I recall there was another prelude after this piece was over — that might have been the De Grigny one, with this one that I recorded having been something else he decided to play beforehand. I thought it might be Messiaen or Durufle or something but no Youtube searches so far have turned up anything on that. Hopefully he will respond to my email! If I do find it I’ll post an entire Youtube video of the piece, presuming something exists (surely it does…).

  4. Johanna says:

    And let’s hope if it exists it’ll be on this magnificent organ. I’ll be interested in what you find out!

  5. Johanna says:

    Come to think of it, it seems like improvisations are generally postludes, not preludes. But maybe no.

  6. SaintlySages says:

    I’ve heard this insturment, but have never seen it. Thanks for posting, Padre. Dio la benedica!

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