Pothier, Dom Joseph

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Pothier, Dom Joseph

Pothier, Dom Joseph , learned French music scholar; b. Bouzemont, near Saint-Dié, Dec. 7, 1835; d. Conques, Belgium, Dec. 8, 1923. He was ordained a priest (1858). He became a Benedictine monk in 1860 at Solesmes, in 1862, sub-prior, in 1866, prof. of theology at the Solesmes Monastery, in 1893, prior at the Benedictine monastery of Liguge, and in 1898, abbot at St-Wandrille. When the religious orders were banned from France, he moved to Belgium. In 1904 he was appointed by Pope Pius X president of the publ. committee of the Editio Vaticana.


EDITIONS : Les mélodies grégoriennes d’après la tradition (Tournai, 1880; 2nd ed., 1890); Liber gradualis (Tournai, 1883; 2nd ed., 1895); Processionale monasticum (Solesmes, 1888); Varie preces (Solesmes, 1888); Liber antiphonarius (Solesmes, 1891); Liber responsorialis (Solesmes, 1895); Cantus mariales (Paris, 1903; 3rd ed., 1924).


F. Velluz, Étude bibiographique sur les mélodies grégoriennes de Dom J. P. (Grenoble, 1881); L. David, Dom J. P., abbé de Saint-Wandrille, et la restauration grégorienne (St.-Wandrille, 1943).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire