Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles

The building

The National Institute for young blinds (INJA) was founded in 1784 by Valentin Haüy. A famous pupil (and later teacher) was Louis Braille, the inventor of the braille system. From its start, the teaching of music has been an important part of the educational program of this institute The first organ class started in 1826 and by 1833 no less than 14 blind students held organist positions in the churches of Paris. The institute continued to produce large number of successful organists such as Louis Vierne, André Marchal, Jean Langlais and Gaston Litaize.
The present building dates from 1844.
See www.musimem.com/INJA.htm (in French) for further details.


The organs

The institute houses three organs:
Salle Marchal:
an organ built by by Cavaillé-Coll in 1883 and severely modified and enlarged by Gonzalez in 1959 (68/III)
Salle Sèvres:
an organ built by by Cavaillé-Coll a few years after the organ at the Salle Marchal and modified by Beuchet in 1932 and in the 90ies by Gonzalez-Danel-Dargassies (23/II)
Salle Duroc:
an organ built by by Cavaillé-Coll in the 1860ies, possibly using parts of an earlier organ buily by the same builder in 1857 severely modified by Beuchet in 1932 and by Costa in 1956 (19/II)
Source: Dominique Levacque Considerations upon the history of the organs of INJA (in French) [239 KB]

Grand Orgue Salle Marchal

Main builder History Latest restauration
1883 - Aristide Cavaillé-Coll 1910 - Puget
1926 - Convers (Chopra)
1949 - Beuchet
1959/1979/1982 - Gonzalez
1961- Danion-Gonzalez

III/68 - electrico-pneumatical action
Stoplist [357 KB]

Orgue Salle Duroc

Main builder History Latest restauration
1857?/186? - Aristide Cavaillé-Coll ?? 1932 - Beuchet-Debierre
1956 - Gonzalez (Costa)
1956 - Gonzalez (Costa)

II/21 - mechanical traction
Stoplist
Demonstration of the organ by Dominique Levacque, organiste titulaire INJA

Orgue Salle Sèvres

Main builder History Latest restauration
1885 - Aristide Cavaillé-Coll 1953 - Beuchet
199? - Gonzalez-Danel-Dargassies
199? - Gonzalez-Danel-Dargassies

II/23 - mechanical traction
Stoplist
Demonstration of the organ by Dominique Levacque, organiste titulaire INJA


Titulaire
: Dominique Levacque
Famous organists in the past: Louis Vierne, André Marchal, Gaston Litaize, Jean Langlais
See also: Dominique Levacque Considerations upon the history of the organs of INJA (in French) [239 KB]

Concerts: now and then (only on the organ of Salle Marchal)

Recordings

Live concerts of Dominique Levacque, organiste titulaire INJA,
organized by OrganPromotion during the yearly Paris-Organ-Tour

2017
Serge Ollive
- Fantaisie
- interlude
- Ouverture Die Zauberflöte
Louis Vierne: Symphonie 5 op. 47
- grave
- allegro
- scherzo
- larghetto
- finale
Messiaen: Les Mages (Nativité VIII)
2016
Maurice Duruflé
Prélude (suite opus 5,1)
Sicilienne (suite opus 5,2)
Toccata (suite opus 5,3)
Prélude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain
Jean Langlais
Poèmes évangélique 'L' Annonciation'
Poèmes évangélique 'La Nativité'
Gaston Litaize
Fugue sur 'Da pacem'
2015
Charles-Marie Widor Symphonie nr 8 opus 42/4
1 Allegro risoluto
2 Moderato cantabile Finale
3 allegro
5 adagio
6 Finale
2014
Jean Alain - Litanies
Marcel Dupré Prélude & Fugue opus 7 nr 2
Marcel Dupré Prélude & Fugue opus 7 nr 3
Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) Toccata (Symphonie V)
Alexandre Guilmant Sonate V,2 adagio
Alexandre Guilmant Sonate V,1 Allegro appassionato