Joseph Bonnet

Joseph Elie Georges Marie Bonnet ( born March 17, 1884 in Bordeaux, † August 2, 1944 at Rimouski ) was a French- Canadian organist, composer and music teacher.

Bonnet was already from 1898 organist at Saint -Nicolas later at Saint-Michel in Bordeaux. From 1901 he studied organ in Paris with Charles Tournemire, Alexandre Guilmant and Louis Vierne. In 1906 he received at the Conservatoire de Paris, first prize in organ.

From 1906 to 1939 he was organist at the Church of St- Eustache in Paris. 1906-1914 he traveled as a virtuoso by France and throughout Europe, and worked with musicians like Eugene Ysaye and Jacques Thibaud and conductors such as Désiré -Émile Inghelbrecht, Arthur Nikisch and Gustav Mahler. In the French premiere of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, 1910, he played the organ part. In 1911, he was the successor of Guilmant organ of the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire.

After the First World War, he traveled through the United States and Canada. He initiated in 1920 the organ of the church St- Stanislas in Montreal, and was from 1921 for several years a teacher at the Eastman School of Music. In 1923 he founded the Institute Grégorien, whose president he became. In 1937, he was the successor of Vierne as organ professor at the Ecole César Franck in Paris. From 1943 he taught at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec, where Conrad Bernier, Henri Gagnon, Magdelaine and Marcelle Martin and D' Alton McLaughlin were among his pupils.


  • Variations de Concert for organ, 1908
  • Ave Maria for four-part mixed choir and organ, 1908
  • Poèmes d' automne for Organ, 1908
  • Douze pièces pour grand orgue -, 1- volume, 1909
  • Agnus Dei for three -part chorus, baritone and organ, 1910
  • 2ème Ave Maria for voice and orchestra, 1910
  • à l'Abbé M. Pottier, curé de Notre- Dame de Lourdes in Paris motet for chorus and organ or harmonium, 1910
  • Douze pièces nouvelles pour grand orgue 2e - volume, 1910
  • Pater Noster for tenor and organ
  • Pie Jesu for solo voice and organ
  • Douze pièces pour grand orgue 3e - volume, 1913
  • Chant triste à la mémoire de Joachim Gasquet, 1923


  • The Canadian Encyclopedia - Bonnet, Joseph
  • Association Joseph Bonnet
  • Pupils of Félix -Alexandre Guilmant
  • French composer
  • Classic organist
  • Music teacher
  • Born in 1884
  • Died in 1944
  • Man