The Toulouse les Orgues International Festival, unique of its kind, a tribute to Toulouse's heritage

Created in 1996 by Michel Bouvard and Jan-Willem Jansen as a tribute to Xavier Darasse, the Toulouse Organ Festival was a huge success from its first edition.

It must be said that Toulouse benefits from a prestigious organizational heritage, certainly one of the most beautiful in Europe.

Indeed, Toulouse has about thirty organs, nine of which are listed as Historic Monuments.

It has unique historical organs, including the great Cavaillé-Coll of the Saint-Sernin Basilica, from different periods. These instruments have benefited from a restoration policy undertaken since the 1970s by the city of Toulouse, under the impetus of Xavier Darasse, Toulouse native (1934-1992), famous organist and composer.
On the other hand, new instruments of very high quality have been built, in different styles, to complete the collection. Thus the Augustins organ was built in 1981, a work by the German organ builder Jürgend Ahrend.

As for the Toulouse region, it houses 370 instruments.

All styles and themes related to the organ are represented during the two weeks of the Festival, from ancient and baroque music, romantic and symphonic music, improvisation and music of the 20th and 21st centuries, from rock to cinema.

The richness of Toulouse's organizational heritage allows the Festival to be held in various locations, thus showcasing various monuments and instruments. The Festival takes place in autumn.

 

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JAN WILLEM JANSEN AUX ORGUES AHREND DU MUSEE DES AUGUSTINS DE TOULOUSE

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Orgue et clairon: Roman

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A l'occasion du service militaire, vers la fin de la guerre d'Algérie, un séminariste passe du confort ouaté de l'institution au tohu-bohu de l'Armée. Tout vacille. Il se met à douter. Et si le choix qu'il croyait le sien, venait des autres? Il ne verra plus les rites du même oeil, son regard devient critique. Il garde la foi mais doute de l'institution. Plus rien dès lors pour brider ni son caractère, ni son indépendance. Un voyage intérieur dans la tradition du roman psychologique qui remonte aux sources de l'enfance.
Le Grand Orgue Cavaillé-Coll de Saint-Sernin de Toulouse Le Grand Orgue Cavaillé-Coll de Saint-Sernin de Toulouse

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Actes des deuxièmes journées nationales de l'orgue. toulouse, 7-11 novembre 1986

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