Organ of the Holy-Jacques church in Lunéville

Nicolas Dupont 1751 organ, Emmanuel Héré case
IV/P 56 jeux 54 notes
Restauration: Atelier Bertrand Cattiaux in collaboration with Laurent Plet - 2003

Disposition IV/P 56
II Great 54 n.(C-f''') I Back Positif 54n.(Cs-f''') III Swell 54n (C-f''')
Bourdon 16' Bourdon 8' Bourdon 8'
Montre 8' Flûte 8' Flûte Harmonique 8'
Bourdon 8' Montre 4' Gambe 8'
Flûte 8' Nazard 2 2/3' Voix Célèste 8'
Prestant 4' Doublette 2' Flûte Octaviante 4'
Flûte 4' Qte de Nazard 2' Octavin 2'
Grosse Tierce 3 1/5' Tierce 1 3/5' Cornet V rgs
Nazard 2 2/3' Larigot 1 1/3' Trompette 8'
Doublette 2' Fourniture III rgs Basson-Hautbois 8'
Qte de Nazard 2' Cymbale II rgs Voix Humaine 8'
Tierce 1 3/5' Cromorne 8' Cor Anglais 8'
Cornet V Voix Humaine 8'    
Plein-Jeu VII rgs        
Trompette 8'        
Clairon 4'        
Inner Positif 54n (C-f''')   Pdal 30 notes (C-f'')  
Montre 8'   Violon 16'  
Bourdon 8' : Bourdon 16'  
Flûte 8'   Flûte 8'  
Salicional 8'   Flûte 4'  
Prestant 4'   Bombarde 16'  
Flûte 4'   Trompette 8'  
Nasard 2 2/3'   Clairon 4'  
Doublette 2'        
Fourniture VI rgs        
Trompette 8'        
Cromorne 8'        

Pedal couplers: II, III et IV
Couplers I/ II, III/ II and IV/ II
Mild tremulant I et II
Mecanic key and stop action
Barker machine for couplers III/II and IV/II
Tune: A 392Hz


The organ of Saint Jacques church in Luneville is an exceptionel piece of the Lorraine's (north-east of france) heritage of the 18th century not only because of it's remarcable architecture of the casework and gallery imagined by architect Emmanuel Héré, but also due to the originality of the organbuilder Nicolas Dupont who conceived here between 1749 and 1751 the only organ with hidden pipes known in whole europe. The traditional case is replaced by a set piece opening on a far behind situated trompe l'oeil fresco representing the entrance of the paradise. This masterpiece is an outstanding synthesis of italian and austrian barock art.

This organ is also an evidance of the pomp of the polish royal court, Sanislas Leszsynsky being a resident of Luneville where he kept up the urbanistic and architectural work planned by duke Leopold 1st to raise the place to the city of residence for the court of the lorraine's duchy.

In 1852 Jean Nicolas Jeanpierre improved the instrument to the contemporary tase using a major part of the old pipes. He also increasde the manuels to 54 notes and installed a Barker machine. It is interesting to see that Jeanpierre did not modify the tune to the modern
440 Hz.


The restauration of the case was done between 1994 and1998. The inner restauration acheived in 2003 by the Atelier Bertrand Cattiaux and Laurent Plet permitted to revive the work of Dupont and to keep the legacy of Jeanpierre.

Voicing: Bertrand Cattiaux.

Aude Schuhmacher is organist at Luneville since 2003. For concerts and activities around the organ please look at the site of the organ friends: Amis de l'Orgue