“The Great Toulousain Dynasty”: The History, Evolution, and Legacy of les Facteurs d’Orgues Théodore Puget, Père et Fils, 1838-1960



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Théodore Puget, his sons Eugène and Jean-Baptiste, and his grandson, Maurice, cultivated a dynasty of organ manufacturing that is worthy of recognition, though their work is often overshadowed by other organ builders in France. This dissertation argues that the organs of Théodore Puget and his sons demonstrate innovation and artistry in French symphonic organ building. The first chapter describes the birth of the dynasty with an emphasis on the Puget family’s history. Then I examine five of the Pugets’ most notable instruments: l’Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, constructed by Théodore in 1875; l’Eglise Notre-Dame du Taur, Toulouse, by Eugène in 1880; l’Eglise Notre-Dame de La Dalbade, Toulouse, by Eugène in 1888; the Chapel of Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart by Eugène first installed in Bordeaux in 1890 and then moved to Sydney, Australia in 1904; and la Cathédrale de Sainte-Cécile d’Albi by Jean-Baptiste in 1904. This research focuses on the Pugets’ technical innovations and the reception of the selected organs that they built. After these organs are profiled, Maurice, who is deserving of praise for his work as a technician and artist, is recognized for his numerous contributions to the family name. In the conclusion, I synthesize the Pugets’ achievements and commend their legacy.



Organ, Puget, Puget family, Famille Puget, France, Orgue, Symphonic organ, Romantic organ