Organ masterclass in St. Ouen / 1 – 6 August 2017

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The objective of the masterclass is to introduce participants to the art of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll through his beautiful masterpiece in St. Ouen abbey church in Rouen, only one hour by train from Paris’ St. Lazare train station.

In addition to interpretation, the course will focus on registration and the management of large and complex acoustics and will give participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sounds of the French symphonic organ.

The course includes group lessons from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, visits to other organs in the city, the opportunity to practice during the afternoon on the Cavaillé-Coll of St. Ouen and other organs in the city (the Cavaillé-Coll of St. Godard and the Kern organ of St. Maclou), a participant dinner on Saturday evening and a class concert on Sunday, August 6 at 4 pm in St. Ouen.

 

Information

 

Date: August 1-6, 2017
Address: St. Ouen abbey church, Rouen (only one hour by train from Paris’ St. Lazare train station)
Course fee: 500 €
Languages spoken: French, English and German
Closing date for application : June 15, 2017
The selection will be made by the end of June, applicants will be notified by email
Contact: stouenmasterclass@gmail.com 

This masterclass is open to advanced organ students
6 students will be selected

The course will be conducted by Jean-Baptiste Monnot, currently organist of the Cavaillé-Coll organ at St. Ouen church in Rouen.

 

Programm

 

Course will take place from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.

Participants will have the possibility to work on the organ on afternoons and to visit other organs in the city (the Cavaillé-Coll of St. Godard and the Kern organ of St. Maclou).

Class concert on Sunday, August 6 at 4 pm in St. Ouen.

 

 

How to apply

 

This masterclass is open to advanced organ students.
To apply, please fill out this online form.

 

To complete your application, after filling out this form, send us the following documents (PDF by preference) at stouenmasterclass@gmail.com:
– a CV;
– a list of repertoire prepared for the masterclass.

 

 

Closing date for application : June 15 2017. The selection will be made by the end of June, applicants will be notified by email.

 

 

 

St. Ouen abbey church

 

Founded circa 750, St. Ouen church abbey was one of the most powerful Benedictine monastery. The building of the actual church began in 1318 and lasted more than two centuries, even if some parts were finished in the 19th century. After the French Revolution, the local council moved in the former monks’ dormitory, built in the middle of the 18th century. The abbey church stands within the former monastery’s gardens. The church is 137 m long, under 33 m of vaults, this is only a few meters smaller than that of Notre-Dame of Paris.

 

 

 

The organ

 

The great organ, the last masterpiece built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, is one of the most recorded organs of the world and one of the most beautiful from the symphonic period.

An organ was built in 1630 by Crespin Carlier. In 1888 Aristide Cavaillé-Coll awarded the contract to rebuild it, as the organ had fallen into disrepair. Cavaillé-Coll re-used the existing pipework and stops in good condition and kept the casing of 1630. The organ contained 64 stops, 84 ranks, spread across 4 manuals and pedal. The manuals contained 56 notes, and the pedal 30.

This 4-keyboards and 64-stops organ was inaugurated by Charles-Marie Widor on April 17, 1890. Later, his Symphony Gothique, was premiered on this organ, and dedicated to the memory of bishop St. Ouen of Rouen.
The organ case is listed as Historical Landmark since 1970 while the instrumental portion since 1976.

 

 

I Positif


Montre 8’
Bourdon 8’
Gambe 8’
Unda maris 8’
Flûte douce 4’
Dulciane 4’
Doublette 2’
Plein-jeu V 1’
Cor anglais 16’
Trompette 8’
Cromorne 8’
Clairon 4’

 

II Grand-Orgue


Montre 16’
Violon-basse 16’
Bourdon 16’
Montre 8’
Diapason 8’
Bourdon 8’
Salicional 8’
Flûte harmonique 8’
Prestant 4’
Trompette en chamade 8’
Clairon en chamade 4’

 

III Récit expressif


Quintaton 16’
Corno dolce 16’
Diapason 8’
Flûte traversière 8’
Cor de nuit 8’
Voix éolienne 8’
Viole de gambe 8’
Voix céleste 8’
Flûte octaviante 4’
Viole d’amour 4’
Quinte 2 2/3’
Octavin 2’
Carillon I-III 1’
Cornet V 8’
Tuba magna 16’
Trompette harmonique 8’
Basson-Hautbois 8’
Clarinette 8’
Voix Humaine 8’
Clairon harmonique 4’
Tremolo

 

IV Bombarde


Grosse Flûte 8’
Flûte 4’
Doublette 2’
Fourniture V 2 2/3’
Cornet V 16’
Bombarde 16’
Basson 16’
Trompette 8’
Clairon 4’

 

Pédale


Soubasse 32’
Contre-basse 16’
Soubasse 16’
Basse 8’
Violoncelle 8’
Bourdon 8’
Flûte 4’
Contre-bombarde 32’
Bombarde 16’
Basson 16’
Trompette 8’
Clairon 4’

 

Couplers: Tirasse G.O., Tirasse Pos., Tirasse Réc., Appel G.O., Pos./G.O., Réc./G.O., Bomb./G.O., Pos./Réc., Bomb./Réc., Oct. gr. G.O., Oct. gr. Réc./G.O., Oct. gr. Réc., Oct. aiguë Réc., Anches Péd., Anches G.O., Anches Pos., Anches Réc., Anches Bomb., Trémolo Réc., Expression Réc.