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Saint-Maur, CRR

25 Rue Kruger, 94100 Saint-Maur-des-Fossés 1974 - Danion-Gonzalez (1) 1990 - Bernard Dargassies (6) 2003 - Jean-Marc Cicchero (6) 2023 - Yves Fossaert (5)

III/31 - traction: mechanical (notes), electrical (stops)

Composition

The first music school in the city of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés was established in 1933. In 1961, with the appointment of Pierre Doury as director, it experienced a prodigious boom. New disciplines are taught and new teachers, among the most renowned in the musical world, are appointed. The school grew from four hundred students in 1961 to more than 1,000 years later. In 1968, the school was promoted to the National School of Music. Its innovative and renowned teaching team then set up an important action to improve the study of music theory. It was this work that led to the National Reform Commissions of the 1970s. In 1974, the school moved from the cramped premises on Avenue Diderot to 25 Rue Krüger. This new building, an integral part of the Rond-Point Liberté cultural complex, houses thirty-three classrooms, two organ rooms, three large studios for dance, drama, musical comedy and percussion, a 435-seat auditorium with a concert organ as well as a library and a listening discotheque. In 1981, the school became the National Regional Conservatory (the highest grade of the schools controlled by the State at the time) and was labelled Regional Conservatory (CRR) in 2007. This label, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, allows it to award national diplomas in the three disciplinary fields that constitute the heart of its activity: music, dance and theatre. In 2019, under the impetus of Jean Roudon, its director at the time, the CRR of Saint-Maur received the approval of the State for the creation of a Preparatory Cycle for Higher Education (CPES), proof of the quality of its teaching. Source Founded in 1975 by Gaston Litaize, the organ class of the CRR of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés has not only contributed to the training of several remarkable organists of the young generation (e.g. Olivier Latry, Frédéric Désenclos, Christophe Mantoux, Aude Heurtematte, to mention only French artists), but has always been a place of exchange and discovery, especially in favor of twentieth-century music. The position of the organ in the auditorium which constitutes the center of the conservatory, makes it a privileged instrument of cultural mediation, not only in the city of Saint-Maur, but more broadly in the Ile-de-France region. In addition, many foreign students have passed through this prestigious class, both under the direction of Gaston Litaize and Olivier Latry, and even today, there are several foreign students each year (North America, South America, Europe, Eastern Europe, Iceland, Japan, Korea, etc.) The name of the Saint-Maur conservatory is therefore well known outside our borders thanks to the organ class. The teaching of improvisation holds an important place in this conservatory, which is one of the few establishments in our country to offer a specialized curriculum. Gaston Litaize, Olivier Latry, Thierry Escaich were the inspired craftsmen, and Pierre Pincemaille continued this teaching at the CRR with the competence that is recognized throughout the world, until his death at the beginning of 2018. His successor, appointed in 2018, is David Cassan. The class includes twenty-four students. Source L'orgue : une tradition à Saint-Maur de plus de 40 ans
1974 Construction by Danion Gonzalez, harmonization started by Jean-Marc Cicchero 1990 Transformation of the Pedal mechanism (Danion-type ribbon mechanism replaced by a traditional one) by Bernard Dargassies 2003 Works by Jean-Marc Cicchero. Reprise of the harmony of the Doublette 2' of the Grand Orgue. Change of the reeds of the 8' Trumpet of the Récit. Removal of one rank of high mixture in the Grand Orgue and two ranks in the Positif. 2019 Modern Combiner (9999 combinations) by Pellerin and Uys 2023 Restoration by Yves Fossaert. The ribbon mechanism of the Danion house has been replaced by traditional mechanics with abbreviations specially created by the Fossaert manufacture. The Pedal 8' Bourdon has been transformed into a 10 2/3 Fifth. The 4' Open Flute of the Swell has been transformed into the 8' Flute on the same keyboard. Similarly, the Cor de Nuit has become a 4' Flûte douce. The damper motors at the console have been replaced with more reliable and quiet systems. The harmony has been revised, especially the GO foundations and reeds. The whole organ is based on a much more grounded fundamental. Source
Professors Eric Lebrun David Cassan (improvisation) Concerts Now and then Video Valeria Velásquez Pérez Eric Lebrun
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Saint-Maur, CRR

25 Rue Kruger, 94100 Saint-Maur-des-Fossés 1974 - Danion-Gonzalez (1) 1990 - Bernard Dargassies (6) 2003 - Jean-Marc Cicchero (6) 2023 - Yves Fossaert (5)

III/31 - traction: mechanical (notes), electrical (stops)

Composition

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1974 Construction by Danion Gonzalez, harmonization started by Jean-Marc Cicchero 1990 Transformation of the Pedal mechanism (Danion-type ribbon mechanism replaced by a traditional one) by Bernard Dargassies 2003 Works by Jean-Marc Cicchero. Reprise of the harmony of the Doublette 2' of the Grand Orgue. Change of the reeds of the 8' Trumpet of the Récit. Removal of one rank of high mixture in the Grand Orgue and two ranks in the Positif. 2019 Modern Combiner (9999 combinations) by Pellerin and Uys 2023 Restoration by Yves Fossaert. The ribbon mechanism of the Danion house has been replaced by traditional mechanics with abbreviations specially created by the Fossaert manufacture. The Pedal 8' Bourdon has been transformed into a 10 2/3 Fifth. The 4' Open Flute of the Swell has been transformed into the 8' Flute on the same keyboard. Similarly, the Cor de Nuit has become a 4' Flûte douce. The damper motors at the console have been replaced with more reliable and quiet systems. The harmony has been revised, especially the GO foundations and reeds. The whole organ is based on a much more grounded fundamental. Source
Professors Eric Lebrun David Cassan (improvisation) Concerts Now and then Video Valeria Velásquez Pérez Eric Lebrun