Great Organ of the church Notre-Dame du Taur (Toulouse)

Eugène Puget – 1880
Maurice Puget – 1939

This instrument was built by Eugène Puget in 1880. At the time it was thought to be the most innovative organ with the richest sound not just in Toulouse, but in the whole of the south of France. With its very fine acoustics, the organ is especially notable for the clarity of its reeds and the poetry of its bass stops. In the words of Jean-Claude Guidarini, the official organist: “The harmony of the bass notes is full and dark, that of the reeds of the great choir organ uncommonly powerful and round, the timbre is very refined, the flutes, which all have tuning slots, exquisitely round.”

It’s an ideal instrument for symphonic, neo-classical and contemporary music. The instrumental component was listed as a historic monument in 1987 and it is now considered to be one of the most remarkable examples of the work of Eugène Puget. It has not yet undergone any major restoration.


Great Organ of the church Notre-Dame du Taur (Toulouse)

3 claviers et 40 registres

Grand Orgue
56 notes

Montre 16’
Bourdon 16’
Montre 8’
Bourdon 8’
Flûte harmonique 8’
Salicional 8’
Prestant 4’
Quinte 2’ 2/3
Doublette 2’
Fourniture progressive 3 à 8 rgs
Bombarde 16’
Trompette 8’
Clairon 4’

Positif expressif
56 notes

Flûte d’orchestre 8’
Bourdon à cheminée 8’
Flûte 4’
Nazard 2’ 2/3
Doublette 2’
Tierce 1’ 3/5
Picolo 1’
Trompette 8’
Clarinette à pavillon 8’
Clairon 4’

Récit expressif
56 notes

Flûte harmonique 8’
Bourdon-Quintaton 8’
Viole de gambe 8’
Voix céleste 8’
Flûte octaviante 4’
Octavin 2’
Trompette harmonique 8’
Basson-Hautbois 8’
Voix humaine 8’
Clairon 4’

30 notes

Contrebasse 16’
Flûte ouverte 8’
Violoncelle 8’
Flûte 4’
Bombarde 16’
Trompette 8’
Clairon 4’


Sonnette pour les souffleurs
Pédales de combinaisons

Tirasses G.O., Pos., Réc.
Octaves graves générales
Anches Péd., G.O., Pos., Réc.
Expressions Pos., Réc.
Appel G.O.
Pos. / G.O., Réc. / G.O., Réc. / Pos.
Trémolos Pos., Réc.
Console retournée
Mécanique à balanciers
5 machines Barker