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date: 17 October 2019


  • Kurt Lueders


French family of organ builders . Robert Boisseau (b Bordeaux, 9 March 1909; d Poitiers, 29 Feb 1979), after studying engineering in Nantes, set up an independent organ building workshop in Poitiers in 1931. During the difficult economic conditions of the postwar period he worked for Roethinger in Strasbourg until about 1960, after which, teaming with erudite organists such as Edouard and Léon Souberbielle, he took the lead in championing a return to pre-19th-century production methods, using hammered pipe metal and mixture compositions after Dom Bédos de Celles (Benedictine convent in Limon, near Bièvres, 1959; St Nicolas du Chardonnet, Paris, 1960; Châteauneuf-sur-Loire, 1962). Often overshadowed by more prolific, high-profile firms, Robert Boisseau’s work is nonetheless widely considered to be some of the finest examples of the ‘neo-classical’ or eclectic style, epitomized by his syncretic rebuild of the Isnard/Cavaillé-Coll organ in Pithiviers (1965) and by large new organs in Royan (...

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