Sunday, August 12, 2012

Église Saint Étienne du Mont - l'orgue



This masterpiece of carving is the work of Jean Buron of 1633, encasing the organ of Saint Etienne du Mont.  The organ itself was built by the master organ builder Pierre le Pescheur and completed in 1636.  Over the centuries, some of the most reknown organ builders in the world made revisions to this organ, from Clicquot to Cavaillé-Coll, Beuchet-Debierre, and several more.

Cherubs and angels surely would make a joyful noise here.


bon dimanche

(pour mon amie, Marie)


Église Saint Étienne du Mont
1 place Ste-Geneviève
75005, Paris


15 comments:

Sylvia K said...

It is indeed awesome and perfect for cherubs and angels! Terrific capture as well, Genie! Hope that you're enjoying a delightful weekend!

Hugs
Sylvia

Rob-bear said...

Another pictorial delight.

Bon dimanche, aussi.

The French Hutch said...

I love this photograph. You've captured so many of the details in the carving. I'm sure it must have been a beautiful Cathedral.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Laraine said...

This is one of my favourite churches in Paris. It's worth going to a service just to hear the organ - uplifting!

Joe said...

Hark the Herald Angels Sing! I would love to hear the grandness of the chords, the story of the notes and the echoes in the rafters from this organ. The clarity in your photo does it justice Genie.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Genie:
The detailing of the carving is truly remarkable. An amazing achievement and one can only wonder how many people miss the beauty of this unless they happen to look up and notice.

Sadly, many organs in English churches are being removed for sale abroad as there appear to be fewer and fewer organ players. May this organ continue to delight for many centuries to come.

M said...

Merci ma chère amie! Although we don't have an organ (yet), I will certainly be hearing angel voices today as we worship in our first church building after more than eight years of being a portable church. I will keep your thoughtfulness in my heart! I don't think we took enough photos of this magnificent church (ha)!

Janey and Co. said...

It's beautiful. I love the light in this photo.

Jack said...

The organ is gorgeous. It must both boom and soar.

Birdman said...

Amazing organ! Amazing carving. It's music.

Kris said...

Now that my friend, is an organ! Magnificent! I do believe the cherubs and angels would make beautiful music in here! :)

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» shares your infatuation with this enchanting église.
;-)

Randy said...

Nice looking pipes.

Melissa said...

Wow, this is breath-taking!

Alexa said...

You know I love the joyful noise this organ makes—and I also love how you've shown it in such beautiful detail!