Charles Écuyer (or Ecuier). Priest, choirmaster, composer, baptized Montreal 20 Nov 1758, d Yamachiche, near Trois-Rivières, Lower Canada (Quebec), 29 May 1820. He was ordained in 1783. After serving in Montreal, Pointe-Claire, Que, and, for nine years, Repentigny, Que, he was the parish priest at Yamachiche from 1802 until his death. More gifted as a musician than as an orator, according to Caron, 'he preached to his parishioners through the medium of a magnificent choir which he had formed himself'. His compositions included psalms, motets, vespers, and a Magnificat. When Sir George Prevost, commander-in-chief of the British forces during the war of 1812, passed through Yamachiche, Écuyer wrote the song 'Prevost le magnanime'. The melody of a Sanctus was still remembered in 1877 by two surviving choristers, so that Gustave Smith was able to publish it as a duet with organ accompaniment in Le Foyer domestique (May 1877). The Sanctus is one of the oldest Canadian compositions extant.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Kallmann, Helmut. "Charles Écuyer". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 05 November 2014, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/charles-ecuyer-emc. Accessed 10 August 2022.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Kallmann, H. (2014). Charles Écuyer. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/charles-ecuyer-emc
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Kallmann, Helmut. "Charles Écuyer." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published May 14, 2007; Last Edited November 05, 2014.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Charles Écuyer," by Helmut Kallmann, Accessed August 10, 2022, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/charles-ecuyer-emc
|Article by||Helmut Kallmann|
|Published Online||May 14, 2007|
|Last Edited||November 5, 2014|