Six Centuries of French Organ Building

  • 11 Jan 2014
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Minnesota Public Radio, 480 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN
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All are welcome to show up before 9:45am  on Saturday, January 11 to register onsite.


Six Centuries of French Organ Building
Lecture-presentation by Bertrand Cattiaux

Saturday, January 11, 2014
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Minnesota Public Radio - UBS Forum

480 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 

An illustrated presentation in sights and sounds by organ builder Bertrand Cattiaux (Liourdres, France; with photographs and musical excerpts on the subject of French organbuilding from the sixteenth century until the present. Cattiaux will reflect on his experiences restoring and rebuilding numerous old organs, including very famous instruments by Clicquot (Poitiers Cathedral; Versailles Chapel) and Cavaille-Coll (Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris; Saint Sernin, Toulouse). Organists and organ lovers alike will learn a great deal from this entertaining and enlightening presentation.

Bertrand Cattiaux was born in 1955 in Étampes, near Paris and very early on, showed a great interest in music.  When he was 14, opening the back doors of the organ of Notre Dame d'Étampes, he discovered a fascinating world of pipes, wood and mechanics. He began to take organ lessons with Noellie Pierront and soon discovered his true vocation undefined he would become an organ builder.  Having chosen Jean-Loup Boisseau as his training master, he had the opportunity to work on the great organ of Notre Dame de Paris and to meet the tenured organist, Pierre Cocherau. From 1974 to 1979, he worked as the assistant to François Carbou.  Each Sunday afternoon, he would attend organ recitals given by world-renowned organists: This helped provide a solid foundation for his knowledge of organ music.

This event is co-sponsored by Pipedreams (Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media) and TCAGO.

Register online at "EVENT REGISTRATION" or (612-578-8058) or Michael Barone;

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