From two centuries, the organ erected on the westerner tribune formerly consecrated to Saint Michael, gives its voice to the church of Souvigny and contributes to the brightness of ceremonies.
Archives (gazette municipale - 1983).

Probably given by the claustral prior Dom de la Croix, whose coat of arms is on the plaque of the musician angel which is above the central tower of the big case, this organ owes its integral conservation to the high quality of its materials, to the perfection of its tones, and to the poverty of the parish, all for the elevation of the faithful and the enjoyment of musicians and music lovers. Three inscriptions on parchment glued on the interior side of the pedalboard attest of its distinguished origin: "Made by M. Clicquot organ builder of the King"; "Made in Paris on May 25, 1782"; "This organ has been made brand new by François-Henri Clicquot organ builder of the King in 1783 of the reign of Louis XVI and of the trianat of Dom La Croix, prior of Souvigny".
It is, along with his big brother of the Cathedral of Poitiers (1790), one of the only two integrally preserved masterpieces of the great organ builder, himself son and grandson of organ builders. Vainely claimed by the Saint Pierre Factory of Moulins in 1803, it owes its celebrity in litterature to Alexandre Dumas who went through Souvigny in 1834. Then, J.J. Bonaventure Laurens and Danjo, relayed by Hamel promote this beautiful musical instument, and one can say this organ is one of the oldest which has been considered as a precious witness, an historic monument, classified as such in 1947 (instrumental parts) and in 1975 (case).
In 1880, very aware of the history and quality of the instrument, an estimate for work of Merklin is put on hold, and it is Goydalin, in 1887, who did the first revision. Indeed, the work of Delors for the Daublaine and Callinet Factory was only a dust removal. The organ is then raised of a pitch and Goydalin makes a new wind system. It is only in 1960 that an electrical motor is connected to the wind system. In 1977, Philippe Hartmann restored three wedge-shaped bellows, and the mechanism was adjusted by Philippe Klinge. It is therefore an irreplaceable device, known in the United States and in Japan for the nicety of its mechanism, the brightness of its reed pipe -trumpet, clarion, cromorne, hautbois, vox humana-, the sweetness of its foundation sounds and the fervent poetry of its tierce plays: everything to play the french baroque book: Couperin, Grigny, d'Aquin, and, above all, litterature of the late XVIIIth century, Michel Corette, Beauvarlet-Charpentier and Lasceux.

Les journées musicales d'automnes
Souvigny, Saint-Menoux, Moulins
du vendredi 24 au dimanche 26 septembre 2010
Pour leur dixième édition, les J.M.A. invitent les festivaliers à retrouver l’orgue historique de François-Henri Clicquot (1783), dans l’église Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul à nouveau ouverte au public après une importante tranche de travaux de restauration. Outre les concerts donnés en différents lieux, avec des ensembles à la réputation bien établie, et de jeunes artistes à découvrir, l’Association Saint-Marc s’attache aussi à la mise en valeur du patrimoine littéraire et artistique de l’époque baroque, en étroite collaboration avec les institutions et acteurs culturels et touristiques de notre région.

L'orgue historique François-Henri Clicquot de Souvigny (1783).

Such a richness of sounds that words are unable to translate was a part of the continuation of the Counter-Reformation: there is nothing too beautiful for God. This device is not first designed for accompaniment but for alternation, the organ taking the place of the singers every other verse. In addition to its rule of actor in liturgy, the pipe organ of Souvigny is in the middle of a baroque music festival, every autumn.

Traduction : Louis Fongarnand

Composition de l'orgue :

Journées musicales d'automne
Programme 2010
  • Vendredi 24 septembre à 21h.
    Vincent Genvrin
    Franz Joseph Haydn
    Église Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul
  • Samedi 25 septembre
    14h30 : Pierre Lafoucrière, peintre. 
  • 16h. : Les Basses Réunies ; Johann Sébastien Bach
    Auditorium Saint- Marc, Souvigny 
  • 17h.30 : Goûter baroque
  • 21h. : Trio AnPapié
    Auditorium Saint- Marc, Souvigny 
  • Dimanche 26 septembre
    Concert à 9h45 précédé du petit-déjeuner à 9h15
    Blandine Rannou, Rameau, Bach, Couperin, Forqueray...
    Auditorium Saint- Marc, Souvigny 
  • 11h15 : Messe Solennelle avec Henri Delorme à l’orgue F.H. Clicquot
    Église Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, Souvigny
  • 14h : Visite surprise
  • 17h : Rosasolis, Georg Friedrich Haendel, Archangelo Corelli.
    Église de Saint-Menoux
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