Welcome to the Musée des Orgues Dereux

This little museum is a tribute to engineer Jean Adolphe Dereux, the inventor of the electrostatic organ in the middle of the last century. Dereux made the pipe organ available to less well-off municipalities and churches, or even for use at home.

Dereux electrostatic organs (1950-1970), way ahead of their time!

Three models of the rare Dereux organs are on display in the Musée de l'Orgue Annahütte
Three models of the rare Dereux organs are on display in the Musée de l'Orgue Annahütte

Dereux introduced the electrostatic church organ

For many years Dereux pursued his plan to develop an instrument that would be cheaper to produce and easier to set up than a conventional pipe organ, but not inferior to the traditional instrument of church music in terms of sonority...

 

That was more than 70 years ago...

 

Now we bring new life to these beautiful organs. Dereux is a brand with very special and unique characteristics. Not as well known as Hammond or Viscount, but for that reason so much more valuable ...

Generator design by Dereux dated 1957
Generator design by Dereux dated 1957

In this website we also will report on the restoration of  Dereux electrostatic organs. Then and still, wonderful instruments...

Name plate of J.A: Dereux in Paris
Name plate of J.A: Dereux in Paris

In the 1950s and 1960s, ir. Dereux designed organs with the sampled sound of real organ pipes, mainly French romantic church organs, built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. 

Dereux electrostatic tone generator with 756 sampled original recorded and stored tones connected to switchboard, which is operated by the stops.
Dereux electrostatic tone generator with 756 sampled original recorded and stored tones connected to switchboard, which is operated by the stops.

Disposition (stop list) of a Dereux organ 1975

The stops have elements of French Baroque and Romantic organs, recorded in and around Paris.
The stops have elements of French Baroque and Romantic organs, recorded in and around Paris.

The organs have two manuals with 60 keys and a pedal with 32 keys. They contain 31 Voices of French baroque organs and are equipped with an analog reverb and tremolo.

Grand Orgue

Bourdon 16' (Stopped wooden Flute.)

Montre 8' (Open diapason)

Bourdon 8' (Stopped wooden Flute.)

Prestant 4' (Diapason)

Flûte 4' (Flute)

Quinte 2 2/3' (Fifth)

Doublette 2' (Super Octave)

Flûte 2' (Flute)

Mixture VI (Containing mutations)

Trompette 8' (French trumpet)

 

Coupling: 

Récit to Grand Orgue

Récit 

Flûte 8'  (Flute)

Flûte d'Amour 8' (Between Reed Flute and Chimney Flute)

Gambe 8' (Chamois Horn)

Flûte 4' (Flute)

Fugara 4' (Horn Diapason)

Nasard 2 2/3' (Twelfth)

Octavin 2' (Flute - harmonic pipe)

Tierce 1 3/5' (Seventeenth)

Larigot 1 1/3' (Nineteenth Flute)

Piccolo 1' (Flute)

Cymbale III  (Cimball)

Hautbois 8'  (Oboe)

Pedal

Sous Basse 16'  (Sub Bourdon)

Bourdon 16' (Stopped wooden flute.)

Montre 8'  (Open diapason)

Flûte Bouchée 8' (Stopped Diapason)

Prestant 4' (Octave)

Basson 16'  (Bassoon)

Bombarde 16' (Bombard)

Trompette 4' (French trumpet)

 

 

Coupling:

Récit to Pedal

Grand Orgue to Pedal


About us: the Musée de l'Orgue Annahütte

Perhaps 7 exhibits are not yet a real museum, but it is a start. We are confident that this initiative will grow. So far we have had many helpful and positive responses, for which we are grateful and encourage us to build on this humble beginning. 

 

Ton Kersten, organ restorer and initiator of The Musée de l'Orgue Annahütte.

Our small Musée de l'Orgue with three Dereux organs and Elka X705 and 707 models in  Annahütte, Germany.
Our small Musée de l'Orgue with three Dereux organs and Elka X705 and 707 models in Annahütte, Germany.

About our name and logo


The Dereux Soubasse stop:


The name:

The low C of the Soubasse 32' stop (also known as Contra-Bourdon) gives the lowest note that a church-organ can reproduce. At 16 Hz it is not so much audible, but tangible. An infra-subwoofer is needed to reproduce this. We're working on it :)

Anyway, a good base to build on with octaves and harmonics. That is why we chose this phenomenon as the name for our museum.

 

The logo:

The core elements of the Dereux organ are the stators in the tone generator on which the waveforms of  organ pipes are recorded. A spinning rotor undergoes a change in capacitance according to these waveforms when they are under high voltage by pressing a key. A visualisation of this principle deserves a place on the front page!

Discover our organs

Dereux from Paris
Dereux from Paris
Dereux from Berlin
Dereux from Berlin
Dereux from Belgium
Dereux from Belgium

The Musée de l'Orgue has found its place in the Heyevilla. The Heyevilla is located on the outskirts of the village of Annahütte and used to be the administration building of the Heyeschen brown coal works.  It is a worthy building to the heritage of Dereux to accommodate.

Behind these windows, the Musée de l'Orgue still has plenty of room to grow
Behind these windows, the Musée de l'Orgue still has plenty of room to grow

Route to Annahütte

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