Bovet, Joseph, Swiss priest, teacher, conductor, and composer; b. Sales, Gruyère, Oct. 7, 1879; d. Clarens, Feb. 10, 1951. He studied in Romont, Fribourg, and Einsiedeln, and at the Seckau Benedictine monastery, then became a priest and taught music at the Fribourg diocesan seminary. He was made conductor at the Fribourg Cathedral and conducted various choral groups; from 1909 to 1923 he was also conductor of the Fribourg sym. concerts. He wrote much church music for choral forces, music for plays, and part songs.
Hommage à Y abbe B.(Fribourg, 1947); R. Loup, L’abbe B.: Barde du pays (Lausanne, 1952).
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