ORGANS OF PARIS © 2023 Vincent Hildebrandt ALL ORGANS
The organ of St. Michael's Church was built by the Austrian
firm Rieger in 1923. It was originally installed in the
lounges of the Majestic Hotel in Paris. In 1936, the hotel
became the property of the state, which housed the
Ministry of War there. The organ was then dismantled and
bought by the parish of Saint-Michel. Victor Gonzalez
transferred the organ from the hotel to the church (in
1942?) and made the facade in copper, which is totally
In 1975, Gutschenritter worked on the instrument and
took the opportunity to replace the pneumatic traction in
electro-pneumatic traction. He also replaced all the reeds.
This instrument is almost unique in France in its style that
combines the salon organ with the cinema organ.
In 2013, an electronic combinator was installed during
maintenance works by Marc Hédelin.
With many thanks to Bernard Dargassies for some additional