Charles Bordes

Charles Bordes ( born May 12, 1863 in La Roche- Corbon, Indre- et- Loire, † November 8, 1909 in Toulon) was a French composer, music teacher and organist.

Bordes, Antoine François Marmontel studied piano with and composition with César Franck. From 1887 to 1890 he worked as an organist and conductor in Nogent -sur- Marne, then at the church of Saint Gervais in Paris. Here he founded an internationally occupied choir (Les Chanteurs de Saint- Gervais ) uned organized in 1892 Semaines Saintes de Saint- Gervais, where Italian and French Renaissance music has been performed.

On a trip through the Basque country he collected on behalf of the French Ministry of Culture, ancient Basque music, which he published in 1897 under the title Archives de la tradition basque. Influences of this music show up in his suite basque basque and Rhapsody.

In 1894 he founded with Alexandre Guilmant and Vincent d' Indy, the Paris Schola Cantorum, which was opened as a school for the performance and composition of sacred music in 1896. More Scholae Cantorum founded Bordes in Avignon ( 1899) and Montpellier ( 1905).

In addition to orchestral and chamber works Bordes composed many songs based on poems by Victor Hugo, Paul Verlaine, Maurice Bouchor, Léon Valade, Jean Lahor and others.


  • Basque Suite for Flute and Orchestra, 1887
  • Trois danses béarnaises, 1888
  • Pastorale pour orchester, 1888
  • Rhapsody basque for Piano and Orchestra, 1889
  • O salutaris for solo voice and choir, 1889
  • Pie Jesu, 1889
  • Les trois vagues, lyrical drama, 1890-1906
  • Litanies de la Vierge Sainte très for two female voices and chorus, 1891
  • 4 fantaisies rythmiques for piano, 1891
  • Caprice à cinq temps for piano, 1891
  • Tantum ergo, motet, 1891
  • 12 Noëls populaires basques, (ed.) 1894
  • Madrigal à la musique, 1895
  • Mariale, en l' honneur de la cantique très Sainte Vierge, 1896
  • Ave Maria, motet, 1897
  • 4 à la Sainte Vierge antiennes for Two Voices, 1898
  • Versets pour les 2e vêpres de plusieurs martyrs, 1898
  • Fili quid fecisti, 1899
  • Verbum caro factum est for four male voices, 1900
  • Domine, puer meus jacet, 1900
  • Salut au saint sacrement, 1900
  • Divertissement for Trumpet and Orchestra, 1902
  • Divertissement sur ​​un thème béarnais for two pianos, 1905
  • 11 chansons du Languedoc (ed. ), 1906
  • Nunc dimittis, you Cantique de Siméon paraphrase for voice and orchestra, 1909
  • 10 danses, marches et Cortèges populaires du Pays basque espagnol (ed.), 1910
  • 12 chansons du Pays basque français amoureuses (ed.) 1910
  • French composer
  • Music teacher
  • Born in 1863
  • Died in 1909
  • Man