L'orgue français classique


Organs in the 'French classical' style* are rare in Paris. The revolution was like a tzunami: many, many monasteries and churches have been destroyed, including their works of art and including their organs too. So, only 21 organs survived, and only four of those have kept more of less their pre-revolutionary French-classical style. Possibly we can add the organ of St-Merry to this group, depending on the choices being made during a future restauration.
However, the best example of an organ in French classical style in an excellent state can be found at this moment outside Paris, in de Chapelle Royale of the Royal Castle of Versailles

Chapelle de l'hôpital de la Salpêtrière
Chapelle Royale Chateau de Versailles

*The French classical organ is the common name for the French baroque organ. It had a highly standardized stoplist, in line with its (almost exclusively) liturgical use. The compositions were highly standardized too, prescribing in detail which stops had to be used *(e.g Plein jeu, Basse de Trompette, Tierce en Taille). This system was still in use at the revolution.