From the most elementary instrument to the most exuberant and sophisticated neo-classical one

The organ of Valère at Sion (Valais) : 1430 ?
Probably the oldest in the world.

Joseph Gabler's organ at Weingarten abbey (Germany)

Organ building is a complex alchemy mixture using different elements such as wood, metal,
ivory, ebony, leather, air etc put together in order to build a modest or a gigantic
instrument the aesthetics and sound of which may sometimes
make the uninitiated one overwhelmed by an exalted feeling of mystery if not ectasy
still amplified by the sound re-echoing effect of the vaults.
No wonder it is in the Jura, where all these elements are gathered
that the art of organ building found a favourite ground in the hands of
gifted expert artists like Bernard Aubertin who has settled near Dole.
All the more so as the famed Riepp organ of the collegiate church at Dole
is still an authentic reference masterpiece.
It is with and by the organ that a perfect harmony between
the visual beauty of a score, the meaning of the illustrated text,
the aesthetics of a chest and the harmony of a musical piece
can be reached as is suggested in this choral from the "Orgelbüchlein"
by J S Bach "Wen Nur den Lieben Gott last Walten".

In which the continuo supports and cheers up continuously the cantus firmus

on a dynamic syncopated tempo as an illustration of the choral wording :

Wer nur den lieben Gott läst walten,
und hoffet auf ihn allezeit,
den wird er wunderbar erhalten
in aller Not und Traurigkeit,
Wer Gott, dem Allerhöchsten, traut,
der hat auf keinen Sand gebaut.
He that suffereth God
to guide him and always hopes in
Him will be wonderfully upheld in
all need and sadness. He who
trusts in God, the Almighty, has
not built on sand

"For the whole to be actually beautiful, it is necessary that each of its parts be equally beautiful, and not be ugly : Beauty must demand all of them to be beautiful"
Plotin : About Beauty

The former organ of St Louis en l'Ile church
by Mutin (1924) with a 19th century chest

The new organ by B. Aubertin (May 2005)
Spiritus ubi vuit spirat

The console

Photos Aubertin ©
The Aubertin organ on the gallery of the neo-classical church of St-Louis-en-l'Ile in Paris

How the show-case naturally fits in the gallery:

Photo : A Revel©

The organ has just been placed on its gallery
after 3 weeks of assembling (March 2005)
. The result is gorgeous.
It now needs some time of rest
before the necessary adjustments
and tuning.
Then time will bring its patina.

From the outside there is nothing to mark the presence of the church
except this twin-dial clock and this massive wooden gate

The renovated Jesuit-style gallery that will uphold the organ

Bernard Aubertin and the St-Louis-en-l'Ile new organ
in his Jura workshop at Courtefontaine (Photo "Le Progrès")

The 16' show-pipes
Building and assembling the parts in B. Aubertin's workshop at Courtefontaine, Jura.
We can observe the minute details and the importance of wood carving.

General view of the show-cases and console

A turret-crown

The Trinity symbol

echoing the same one in the choir

Hand shaping of a 16' show pipe

Tuning wood pipes (chestnut, oak- tree and pine-tree from the Vosges area)

Setting the great 16' show-pipes

Completing the wind-chest

Hand-powered mechanism of the stops

Drives of the Hauptwerk.

Light and shadow playing on the showcase-pipes.

B. Aubertin commenting upon his work (18/09/05)

The whole instrument is hand-powered and built with precious materials.
The show-cases have been built according to the "Werkprinzip" : they are the exact reflection of the inner structure.

Ready for the great road- trip to Paris.

Michel Chapuis doesn't conceal his admiration for this organ
which he considers as an exceptional masterpiece that will enable performers to play German neo-classical music
as well as French classics.The instrument is composed of 3.500 pipes distributed over 51 stops with three keyboards of
56 notes and a pedalier of 30 notes. It has largely been inspird by the great neo-classical instruments of North Germany
and more particularly by the works of J S Bach's favorite organ-builder Zacharias Hildebrandt (1688-1757)
and Michael Praetorius (1571-1621). This instrument is by no means a copy of a former organ.
It is to be considered as a true creation aiming at reviving a prevailing tradition in the art of organ building.
More than 20.000 hours have been necessary to complete this instrument since 1999.

The achievement :

Photos J Revel (June 2005)

Composition :

1rst keybord :
Positif de dos :

Montre 8'
Bourdon 8'
Quintaton 8'
Prestant 4'
Flûte à cheminée 4'
Flageolet 2'
Flûte 1' 1/3
Sexquialter II rgs
Mixture IV rgs
Dulciane 8'
Allemande 4'


2nd keyboard :
Grand orgue :

Principal 16'
Octave 8'
Gambe 8'
Flûte 8'
Prestant 4'
Flûte conique 4'
Quinte 3'
Octave 2'
Cornet V rgs

Mixture IV-VI rgs
Basson 16'
Trompette 8

3rd keyboard :
Récit :

Bourdon 8'
Principal 8'
Traversière 8'
Unda Maris 8'
Octave 4'
Flûte 4'
Nazard 3'
Traversine 2'
Octave 2'
Terz 1' 3/5
Quinte 1' 1/3
Sifflet 1'
Mixture III rgs
Fagott 16'
Voix humaine 8

Pedalier :

Principal 16'
Violon 16'
Bourdon 16'
Quinte 12'
Octave 8'
Bourdon 8'
Prestant 4'
Flûte 2'
Mixture IV rgs
Dulciane 32'
Buzène 16'
Trompette 8'
Cornet 4

Accouplements : III/II - II/III à fourchettes
Accouplement à tiroir : II/I - II/Pédale
Tremblant I et II
Appel anches - boîte humaine

The long expected inauguration performance with Michel Chapuis, Benjamin Alard, Vincent Rigot
was given on June 22, 2005 for a privileged and enthusiastic audience


The pipe organ of the Mariagerkirke

in Denmark

B. Aubertin's last masterpiece (a grand 16' with 45 stops orderd by the Mariagerkirke in Denmark), was inaugurated by F. Jacob at Courtefontaine (Jura) on December 31st 2010 amidst an enthousistic crowd of several hundreds of organ music amateurs.

The Mariagerkirke organ assemblel in B. Aubertin's worshop at Courtefontaine. From left to right :

The central showcase with the 16' pipes and the inner mechanism.

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