The organ you can see in front of you was designed and made in Italy, in Verona to be precise, by French organ builder Barthélémy Formentelli.
This instrument was greatly inspired by the work of Robert Dallam, a 17th century English organ builder. The casing in light chestnut wood is characteristic of organs of this period. The adornments are the work of sculptor Mantovani.
The organ pipes were manufactured to the specifications set out in “The Art of Organ Building”, a reference work written by Dom Bedos de Celles, an 18th century friar, organ builder and renowned organist.
The organ comprises 23 stops, and 3 keyboards.
It was initially intended for the Lemmens Institute in Belgium, but they cancelled the order. It was, therefore, subsequently bought by the town of Meymac.
It was consecrated on the 19th of July 1987 by Monseigneur Roger Froment, Bishop of Tulle, in the presence of then Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac.
Photos credits :
– L’orgue de l’abbatiale de Meymac © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. P. Rivière, 1993
– Détail de la tuyauterie © Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Inventaire général du Patrimoine culturel. P. Rivière, 2018
– Inauguration de l’orgue en présence de C. Chirac © Archives La Montagne Centrefrance, photo Michel Wasielewski
The church organ
This organ possesses a remarkable acoustic quality specifically designed for baroque music. Its casing was inspired by various 17th century instruments. Listen to the audio guide to find out how the organ was built, and to hear an excerpt from a recording of the organ…