Organs of the Cavaillé-Coll or Cavaillé-Coll-Mutin firm are synonymous with the ideal French symphonic organ sound. The name Cavaillé-Coll is usually associated with the organs of the great French cathedrals. What is less well known is that the firm made numerous small and very small instruments which served as domestic organs or, like the instrument in the church of Saint-Nicolas in Meursault, were installed in churches as interim instruments while maintenance work was being carried out on the large organs and even in concert halls. In spite of their reasonable size, these small instruments offer the experienced instrumentalist immense sound possibilities. They are, so to speak, "cathedral organs in pocket format", with an exquisite selection of the sound colours of symphony organs.
Leonhard Völlm is organist in Stuttgart and organ expert of the Protestant Church of Württemberg. In a lecture and concert he will explain the special features of the small organs of the Cavaillé-Coll-Mutin company, such as the organ of Saint-Nicolas in Meursault, and present the history of this particular instrument. In the old tradition of 19th century French organists, an improvisation on themes chosen by the audience will also be part of the concert.