Jean-Esprit Isnard

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Jean-Esprit Isnard
Born 1707
Bédarrides, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Died 1781
Tarascon, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Resting place Tarascon, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Occupation Pipe organ builder
Relatives Joseph Isnard (brother)
Jean-Baptiste Isnard (nephew)

Jean-Esprit Isnard (1707–1781) was a French pipe organ builder.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Jean-Esprit Isnard was born in 1707.[1] He was baptised in the Église Saint-Laurent in Bédarrides.[1] He learned how to build pipe organs in Toulouse.[1]

His brother, Joseph Isnard, was also a renowned pipe organ builder, as was his nephew Jean-Baptiste Isnard.[1]

Career[edit]

He became a renowned builder of pipe organs.[2] Many of his pipe organs can be found in Roman Catholic churches in Provence. In 1742, as a lay brother, he restored the pipe organ inside the Église Sainte-Marthe in Tarascon.[1] The following year, in 1743, he built the pipe organ inside the Église de la Madeleine in Aix-en-Provence.[3] He went on to build the pipe organs inside the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur, also in Aix.[1] In Marseille, he built the organ inside the Église Saint-Cannat in 1747.[1][4] In, together with his brother Joseph Isnard, he built the pipe organ inside the Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume from 1772 to 1774.[1][5][6][7][8]

Additionally, he taught Jean-Pierre Cavaillé, the father of Dominique Cavaillé-Coll and grandfather of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll (1811-1899), how to build pipe organs.[1]

Death[edit]

He died in 1781 in Tarascon, where he is buried.[1]

Gallery[edit]

Jean-Esprit Isnard
Pipe organs inside the Église Sainte-Marthe in Tarascon
Pipe organs inside the Église Sainte-Marthe in Tarascon 
Pipe organs inside the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur in Aix-en-Provence
Pipe organs inside the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur in Aix-en-Provence 
Pipe organs inside the Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume
Pipe organs inside the Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume 
Pipe organs inside Saint-Pierre des Chartreux in Toulouse
Pipe organs inside Saint-Pierre des Chartreux in Toulouse 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Orgues et Vitraux
  2. ^ Jean-Robert Cain, Robert Martin, Jean-Michel Sanchez, Les Isnard: une révolution dans la facture d'orgues, Paris: Edisud, 1991
  3. ^ Association des Amis des Orgues de la Madeleine
  4. ^ Marseille 13: Eglise Saint-Cannat les Prêcheurs
  5. ^ Association Les orgues de Saint-Maximim
  6. ^ Association des amis de la basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Le grand-orgue français de Jean-Esprit Isnard: basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, 1772-1774, Édisud, 2000 Google Books
  7. ^ The American Organist, American Guild of Organists, 1994, Volume 28, p. 52 [1]
  8. ^ Michael I. Wilson, Organ Cases of Western Europe, C. Hurst & Co. Publishers, 1979, p. 58 [2]