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date: 14 November 2019

Grimont, Florentin locked

  • Guy Bourligueux

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(b Besançon; d ?Pamplona, after 1807). French organ builder. He was reportedly trained by J.-B.-S. Cliquot and became a Carmelite friar under the name Florentin de Sainte-Cécile at the friary at Tours. His organ building activities were mostly in Brittany, particularly for the Carmelite communities, and he built organs for those of St Anne, Auray (1775), Rennes, and Brest. He also built new instruments for the churches of St Sulpice, Fougères (1776–7); St Martin, Morlaix (c1780); and St Louis, Brest (1788). Organs he restored include those at St Peter’s Cathedral, Vannes, the churches at Roscoff, Morlaix, Pont-Croix, and Sizun, and the monasteries at Vannes, St Pol-de-Léon, and Pont-1’Abbé. In 1792 the Revolution forced him to take refuge in Spain, where he worked on organs in Albistur (1799), Asteasu (1801), and Lazcano (1801), among others, and he was apparently still living in Pamplona in ...

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