1510–1561

Introduction

Born: Cir­ca 1510, Pa­ris, France.

Died: Au­gust 25, 1572, Pa­ris, France, in the St. Bar­thol­o­mew’s Day Mas­sa­cre (Mc­Cutch­an, p. 24).

Biography

Bourgeois fol­lowed John Cal­vin to Ge­ne­va, Switz­er­land, in 1541. He be­came a can­tor at the Church of St. Pi­erre, and ed­it­ed the Ge­ne­van Psal­ter.

At one point, he was jailed for mo­di­fy­ing some well known tunes. For­tun­ate­ly, hym­nists do not face such strict pen­al­ties to­day.

Bour­geois re­port­ed­ly left Ge­ne­va in 1557.

Publications

Sources

Music