Charles Bordes

Last updated
Charles Bordes Charles Bordes.jpg
Charles Bordes

Anne-Marie Charles Bordes-Bonjean (12 May 1863 – 8 November 1909) was a French music teacher and composer. [1]



Bordes was born in La Roche-Corbon, Indre-et-Loire. He studied pianoforte with Antoine François Marmontel and composition with César Franck. [2] He was organist and Maître de chapelle at Nogent-sur-Marne from 1887 to 1890. In 1890 he became maître de chapelle at the Église Saint-Gervais in Paris, where he created the Saint-Gervais Singers Choir, and in 1892 organised The Saint-Gervais Holy Weeks in which Mass was accompanied by French or Italian renaissance music.

In 1897 Bordes published Archives de la tradition basque, an ethnomusicological study commissioned by the French minister of public education.

Schola Cantorum

On 15 October 1896 the Schola Cantorum of Paris was inaugurated. Bordes founded the Schola Cantorum, a society for sacred music, with Vincent d'Indy and Alexandre Guilmant. The Schola Cantorum was responsible for reviving interest in plain-song and the music of Palestrina, Josquin des Prez Victoria and others.

Bordes went on to found a Schola Cantorum in Avignon in 1899, and another in Montpellier in 1905. He remained actively involved with the original Schola Cantorum until his early death at Toulon.


Bordes' brother married the pianist Marie-Léontine Pène, who was known as Bordes-Pène thereafter.

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Vincent d'Indy</span> French composer and teacher

Paul Marie Théodore Vincent d'Indy was a French composer and teacher. His influence as a teacher, in particular, was considerable. He was a co-founder of the Schola Cantorum de Paris and also taught at the Paris Conservatoire. His students included Albéric Magnard, Albert Roussel, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, and Erik Satie, as well as Cole Porter.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Schola Cantorum de Paris</span>

The Schola Cantorum de Paris is a private conservatory in Paris. It was founded in 1894 by Charles Bordes, Alexandre Guilmant and Vincent d'Indy as a counterbalance to the Paris Conservatoire's emphasis on opera.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Alexandre Guilmant</span> French organist and composer

Félix-Alexandre Guilmant was a French organist and composer. He was the organist of La Trinité from 1871 until 1901. A noted pedagogue, performer, and improviser, Guilmant helped found the Schola Cantorum de Paris. He was appointed as Professor of Organ at the Paris Conservatoire in 1896.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Abel Decaux</span> French organist and composer

Abel-Marie Alexis Decaux was a French organist, composer, and pedagogue, best known for his piano suite Clairs de lune, some of the earliest pieces of dodecaphonic, yet impressionist music.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Gabriel Grovlez</span>

Gabriel Marie Grovlez was a French composer, conductor, pianist, and music critic.

Guy de Lioncourt was a French composer.

Olivier Georges Alain was a French organist, pianist, musicologist and composer.

The chapelle royale was the musical establishment attached to the royal chapel of the French kings. The term may also be applied to the chapel buildings, the Chapelle royale de Versailles.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Marie-Léontine Bordes-Pène</span>

Marie-Léontine Bordes-Pène was a notable French pianist, who premiered major works by César Franck, Vincent d'Indy and others. She married a brother of the composer Charles Bordes, and was known by the surname Bordes-Pène thereafter. In 1889-91, the painter Jacques Émile Blanche painted her portrait.

Pierre-César Abeille was a French composer. Born in the Salon-de-Provence of southern France, he was baptized on 24 February 1674. He was the son of Jean Abeille, a royal notary.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fernand de La Tombelle</span> French organist and composer (1854–1928)

Antoine Louis Joseph Gueyrand Fernand Fouant de La Tombelle was a French organist and composer.

Auguste Joseph-Marie François Le Guennant was a French organist, church musician and composer. He was, after positions as organist and head of the chapel in Paris and Nantes, the director and teacher at the Gregorian Institute of Paris, as a specialist of Gregorian chant.

Marie Bobillier, real name Antoinette Christine Marie Bobillier was a French musicologist, music critic, writing under her pseudonym Michel Brenet.

Léon de Saint-Réquier, born Léon-Edgard de Saint-Réquier viscount of Saint-Réquier, was a French organist, composer, choir conductor, maître de chapelle and music educator.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Auguste Sérieyx</span> French composer

Auguste Sérieyx was a French music pedagogue, musicographer and composer.

François-Marie DieudonnéMarc, Baron de Ranse was a French pianist, organist, maître de chapelle, choral conductor and composer.

Henri Jules Joseph Nibelle was a French organist, choral conductor and composer.

Georges Jacob was a French organist, improviser and composer.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Charles-Henri Plantade</span>

Charles-Henri Plantade was a French classical composer and singing professor. His compositions included several operas, numerous romances, sacred music, and a sonata for harp. He taught singing at the Conservatoire de Paris and was the maître de chapelle to the courts of Louis Bonaparte in Holland and Louis XVIII in France. From 1812 to 1815 he was also the singing master and stage director of the Paris Opéra. Plantade was born in Pontoise and died in Paris at the age of 75. His elder son, Charles-François Plantade, was also a composer.

Marie Joséphine Claire Prestat (1862–1933) was a French organist, pianist, composer and teacher. She was a native of Paris where she spent her entire life. She is known principally as a composer of organ and piano music, vocal works, and pedagogical texts.


  1. "Charles Bordes | French composer". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  2. "Charles Bordes - Oxford Reference". Retrieved 2020-02-21.