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The project

The restoration of the Saint-Maurice organ will seek not only to reinstate its technical reliability and thereby proper functioning, but also a return to the spirit that prevailed at its construction by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll for Marquis Ernest de Lambertye. Hence, in the interest of technical viability, the organ will be completely dismantled and transfered to the builder’s shop. Each of the components making up the action (several thousand units in wood, metal or leather) will be examined, repaired or replaced in keeping with Cavaillé-Coll’s own techniques. the entire wind circuit will be made airtight again (the wooden wind trunks, offset conduits in lead and reservoirs in cardboard and leather). As for the spirit of the instrument, the national High Commission for Historical Monuments (Organ Division) decided in its session of 10 December 2009 to follow the suggestion of the Amis de l’Orgue Cavaillé-Coll de Saint-Maurice de Bécon, responding affirmatively to the following points:

The ensemble of this work, supervised by a certified Historical Monuments consultant, will supply work for about two years to a middle-sized organbuilding firm. The intrinsic quality of the organ in Saint-Maurice de Bécon combined with the impending restoration, particularly via the presence of the free-reed Physharmonica stop, the recreation of the “Fernwerk” effect, will return it to its unique status among the Cavaillé-Coll organs still existing.


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