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History of the Pipe Organ 5 of 6: Aristide Cavaillé-Coll

French Catholic organ builder, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1811-1899), pioneered innovations in the art and science of organ building that permeated and influenced organ building, organ music, and improvisation through the early 20th century. As the author of scientific journal articles related to organ building, Cavaillé-Coll published the results of his research and experiments, and they exist today. Cavaillé-Coll organs can be found in 25 nations, even South America and Russia. If you have visited Paris and seen or heard the organs at Saint- Denis Basilica, Église de la Madeleine, Sainte-Clotilde Basilica, or Saint-Sulpice church, you saw or heard an organ by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Still in regular use today, these instruments are 150-180 years old. Roman Catholic organ music owes much to Mr. Cavaillé-Coll.

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