Gesu church

The organ of the Church of Gesu, for which Aristide Cavaillé-Coll received a commission for the sum of 24,000 Francs, was installed in the Chapel of the Jesuit School in the Rue des Fleurs in 1864. It was officially accepted and inaugurated by Alfred Lefébure-Wély on 29 July 1864.

We believe that the Church of Jesus now has one of the best instruments we have ever encountered, as complete as is possible, capable of satisfying every need, whether for organ accompaniment or as a performance instrument in its own right.

We can say without hesitation that although Messrs Cavaillé-Coll may have produced larger instruments, they have certainly never created a more remarkable one for the quality of the stops and the perfection of its mechanism. (Semaine Catholique magazine, 14 August 1864).

This is an example of the work of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll’s middle period and it can be seen that all the 8’ and 4’ open base pipes are covered (with the exception of harmonic flutes), while the highest stops are cut to length.

The organ was raised in 1969 by Robert Chauvin who removed the 20-note pedalboard and installed a new one with 30 notes (only the ten highest notes of the pedalboard have couplers on the great organ). The organ, lovingly cared for by Patrice Bellet, is one of the most attractive in Toulouse.


Orgue Cavaillé-Coll, Église du Gesu

I - Grand-Orgue

54 notes
Bourdon 8’
Montre 8’
Bourdon 16’
Flûte harmonique 8’
Viole de Gambe 8’
Prestant 4’
Octave 4’
Quinte 3’
Doublette 2’
Plein-Jeu III - V
Trompette 8’
Clairon 4’

II - Récit expressif

42 notes
Flûte traversière 8’
Viole de Gambe 8’
Voix céleste 8’
Flûte octaviante 4’
Octavin 2’
Trompette 8’
Cor anglais - Hautbois 8’
Voix humaine 8’


30 notes, 20 notes réelles
Contrebasse 16’
Flûte 8’
Basson 16’
Trompette 8’


Tirasse GO
Appel Anches GO :
basses, ensemble, dessus
Trémolo Réc
Expression à cuillère

Console retournée.
Mécanique a balanciers.