Louis Bourgeois (b. Paris, France, c. 1510; d. Paris, 1561). In both his early and later years Bourgeois wrote French songs to entertain the rich, but in the history of church music he is known especially for his contribution to the Genevan Psalter. Apparently moving to Geneva in 1541, the same year John Calvin returned to Geneva from Strasbourg, Bourgeois served as cantor and master of the choristers at both St. Pierre and St. Gervais, which is to say he was music director there under the pastoral leadership of Calvin. Bourgeois used the choristers to teach the new psalm tunes to the congregation.
The extent of Bourgeois's involvement in the Genevan Psalter is a matter of scholarly debate. Calvin had published several partial psalter… Go to person page >
GENEVAN 101 was first published in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter. Claude Goudimel (PHH 6) harmonized the tune in 1564. Like most of Goudimel's harmonizations, the melody was originally in the tenor. The Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee changed some of the bass notes to provide first inversion chords; Goudimel's original bass provided all root position chords. GENEVAN 101 appears twice in the Psalter Hymnal: once here in its authentic, original Genevan form, and at 248 in its altered Anglo-Genevan form under the name JE TE SALUE. To avoid confusion when introducing the tune, organists should play it through once before the congregation sings. Use strong organ accompaniment, a brisk articulation, and a stately tempo.