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André Cardinal Destouches (sometimes called des Touches) (baptised April 6, 1672 - February 7, 1749) was a French composer best known for the opéra-ballet Les éléments. Born in Paris, the son of Étienne Cardinal, a wealthy merchant, André Cardinal was educated by Jesuits. With the Jesuit Father Guy Tachard, he went on a mission to Siam for two years, leaving in January 1687, and spending some time at the Cape of Good Hope, arriving in Siam in September. Coming back to… read more

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