Notre-Dame of Gray’s historical organ

Notre-Dame of Gray’s historical organ.
It is a perfect example of so-called pre -Romantic transitional instruments. With his three keyboards, pedal keyboard and his 37 stops, it takes an important place in the Franche-Comté region. His range, according to the custom of the time, is limited to the two keyboards of 54 notes (c1,F5) for the GO and the positive : 35 notes G2,F5), for the swell and a pedal keyboard: 27 notes (C1,D3).
His history invests different aspects. By his classical origin (Valentin 1728), only the elegant buffet and the front stops subsist. Valentin being sick, this organ was completed by K.J. Riepp a great german organ-builder who was established in Dijon.
Definitively gradient, it was totally rebuilt by the alsacian organ-builder J. Callinet in 1834. This ultimate step gives the real musical signature of this instrument. The typical Callinet’s registers appear at each keyboard: lots of gambes stops and reeds.
Restored in 1993 by J.F Muno, the market with the Culture Ministry allowed a justified return to the Callinet´s instrument. With a suspended mechanical rebuild (disappeared in 1870), associated with 856 old pipes and the 1371 new pipes shaped copy, the last restoration is a coherent synthesis of different esthetics.

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