Born at Ottersthal near Saverne (France) on August 3rd,1936, Paul
Boistelle is a musician through and through. He started studying music at
the age of 9.
From 1950 to 1955, he attended courses at the “Institut Musical Oscar
Dhiebolt” in Strasbourg. He completed his training in Trossingen,
Germany by taking courses to become a musical director and a music
teacher under the distinguished Professor Hugo Herrmann; he also
deepened his knowledge of musical analysis and writing owing to Philippe
Acker and Robert Pfrimmer in Strasbourg.
He has composed outstanding pieces of music, among others his “Ste Odile
Mass” (chorus with 4 mixed voices and orchestra of harmony) as well as a
great number of scores for brass bands performed throughout Europe. He
has also composed innumerable pieces of music, among other arrangements
a series of 4 volumes of Alsatian Folk Dances.
While holding fast to his values, the Christian faith and traditions
deeply rooted in his native soil and drawing his inspiration from the
rich cultural patrimony of his ancestors, he still finds – through his
fertile imagination and his sensibility - fresh ways for his musical
Paul Boistelle is one of the most prominent and popular composers in
Alsace and the Upper Rhine Valley.
Prof. Raymond Matzen
Translated by Paul Adolf