Joseph Bovet

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Abbé Joseph Bovet (born October 8, 1879 in Sâles near Gruyères ; † February 10, 1951 in Clarens , Montreux parish ) was a Swiss composer and Catholic priest .

life and work

After basic training at the Collège Saint-Charles in Romont , Bovet attended St. Michael’s College in Freiburg im Üechtland from 1896 to 1900 and then studied in Einsiedeln until 1901 . In 1903 he traveled to the Abbey of Seckau for a study visit in order to complete the seminary in Freiburg.

In 1905 Bovet was ordained a priest. From 1905 to 1908 he spent his time as vicar in the parish of Notre-Dame in Geneva , but then returned to Freiburg to work as a singing teacher at the seminary and in 1910 at the seminary. In the course of the following two decades, Bovet was appointed Kapellmeister in 1923 and canon at St. Nicholas Cathedral in 1930, making him an influential musician in the entire region. He was a citizen of Promasens (now Rue ).

In 1955, the Abbé Bovet memorial created by Jakob Probst was inaugurated in the presence of Federal President Phillipp Etter , General Guisan and other officials, as well as 3,500 choir members.

Bovet composed over 2000 works, around half of them secular. In 1985 Jean-Louis Matthey published his catalog raisonné. The best-known song is Le vieux chalet , which is famous beyond the country's borders.

Bovet was held in high esteem in Freiburg for his music festivals and his participation in the Cecilian movement, and accordingly honored with monuments in Bulle and Freiburg.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Robert Tiphaine: Jakob Probst: Un compromis entre tradition et modernity. Retrieved September 12, 2019 (French).
  2. ^ Art Freiburg: Probst Jakob, Monument Abbé Joseph Bovet, 1955. Accessed on September 12, 2019 .