The alternating turrets and flat fronts following an undulating scheme confer a powerful and at the same time harmonious elegance so characteristic of the French classical style . No flat surface has been included in the whole front. The curves lighten the vertical lines of the pipes. All the figures (atlantes and angels) decorating the showcase suggest some gracious vitality and exuberance which are so typical of the French baroque style matching harmoniously the sound effect.One can notice the slight overbalance between the positive case and the full showcase due to a collapse of the gallery.

A minute scrutiny will show with fun that one of the angels who is supposed to play the flute, is actually holding a broom-stick in his hands !
In short a Saraband illustrating Psalm 150.







The K J Riepp organ (1754) of the collegiate
church at Dole

Portrait of K J Riepp by Andréas Brügger
(Salem 1774)

the organ console

COMPOSITION OF THE RIEPP ORGAN AT DOLE

In blue : Riepp's original stops

1er Clavier : Positif
54 notes (c-f", 13 jeux)
Montre 8
Bourdon 8
Prestant 4
Flûte 4
Nasard 2 2/3
Doublette 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Cornet V (cī-f")
Fourniture Cymbale IV
Trompette 8
Clairon 4
Cromorne 8
Voix humaine 8

2° Clavier : Grand Orgue
54 notes (C-f", 18 jeux)
Montre 16
Bourdon 16
Montre 8
Bourdon 8
Bourdon 8 (g-f")
Prestant 4
Grosse Tierce 3 1/5
Nasard 2 2/3
Doublette 2
Quarte 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Cornet IV (g-f")
Fourniture V
Cymbale III
Bombarde 16
1re Trompette 8
2e Trompette 8
Clairon 4

3° Clavier : Récit
54 notes (C-f", 16 jeux)
Bourdon 16 (G-f")
Montre 8
Flûte 8
Bourdon 8
Flûte forte II (g-f")
Prestant 4
Flûte 4
Flûte 2
Larigot 1 1/3
Sifflet 1
Cornet IV (g-f")
Cor anglais 8
Clairon 4
Clarinette 8
Hautbois 8 (g-f")
Un registre vacant

4° Clavier : Echo
42 notes (F-f", 7 jeux)
Montre 8
Bourdon 8
Flûte 4
Flûte 2
Trompette 8 (g-f")
Voix humaine 8
Hautbois 8 (g-f")


Pédale

25 notes (C-c') 9 jeux

Flûte 16
Contrebasse 16
Flûte 8
Violoncelle 8
Principal 4
Gambe 2
Bombarde 16
Trompette 8
Clairon 4

Accouplements à tiroirs Positif / Grand Orgue ---- Récit / Grand Orgue
Soufflerie : 2 soufflets à plis parallèles (1920) + 6 soufflets cunéiformes (1992)
Diapason : la3 :420 Hz; tempérament inégal.

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The organ in Dole is characterized by a subtle mixture of several aesthetic conceptions.
It is basically a classical instrument built by K J Riepp between 1750 and 1754 : the reed-stops of the full organ and swell organ date from that period as well as those installed by François Callinet in 1787.
It is also a romantic instrument with the stops added in 1830 and 1854 by Joseph and Xavier Stiehr (pedal, echo and swell organ).
They managed not to to alter the original aesthetics.
This aesthetical achievement between the 18th and 19th centuries was mainly due to Ignace Müller who performed at the console in Dole from 1825 to 1878 and recommended the Stiehr brothers.
Finally the local organ builder Philippe Hartmann saved the instrument from a real disaster in 1959 and restored the 18th century stops in their original frame.
The organ chest is the work of the well-known local cabinet maker Cl. Attiret, and the impressive wood sculptures were carved by Michel Devosge.

Karl Joseph Riepp was born in Ottobeuren on January 14th 1710 one year before his brother Rupert.
The family was originated from Tyrol and settled in Souabe.
The Riepp brothers were consequently highly influenced by the spirit of the Counter Reformation and Neo - classical style which pervaded the numerous and influential Benedictine and Cistercian abbeys of the area.
Music was an essential element of the artistic life of that time in particular at Ottobeuren abbey.
When their father died, Karl Joseph and Rupert left Ottobeuren for Strasbourg in order to learn and work with André Silbermann before settling in Burgundy.
On April 18th 1741 K J Riepp married a well-endowed young woman, Anne Françoise Eve from Jouhe (near Dole).
They settled in Dole until 1742 before going for good to Dijon.
In 1748 K J Riepp was admitted in the corporation of wine merchants in Dijon : he then dedicated himself to commercial activities on account of Citeaux, Salem and Ottobeuren abbeys.
K J Riepp died in Dijon on May 5th 1775, leaving an important wine estate to his wife and ... some financial worries.

His work as an "orgelbauer" remains immense, unique, much in harmony with André Silbermann's aesthetics.




This venerable instrument after being silent for nearly 3 years needed for the restoration of the collegiate church now sounds

again for the greatest pleasure of organ music lovers thanks to J. Beraza and E. Baillot (May 31 & June 1, 2009)..

The organ being potected during the restoration work.

Like a chrysalis tearing its shell

the Riepp organ reappears behind its protecting veils.

(May 23, 2009).

 


The Riepp Trinity organ at Ottobeuren abbey (1766).


K J Riepp and his family (Ottobeuren museum)

2010 : celebration of the 300th anniversary of K J RIEPP's birth.


Pipes of the full organ at Dole



The cabinet and show-pipes
of the organ of the Dijon cathedral.


What actually has been left of Riepp's aesthetics.

 




 


The musical extract is from "The Angel From Heaven" by Jean-François Tapray (First performer of the Riepp organ at Dole in 1754), played by Michel Chapuis.
Recording J. Revel (October 2002)

Photos J Revel © All rights reserved.

For more details see the page in French.

 


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