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Jacques Aubert (1689–1753), also known as Jacques Aubert le Vieux (Jacques Aubert the Elder), was a French composer and violinist.

Aubert was born on 30th September 1689 in Paris and became a student of Jean Baptiste Senaillé. His first position was as violinist in the service of the Prince of Condé. Thereafter he was a member of the Vingt-quatre Violons du Roy. By 1717. Aubert was known as a dancing-master, violinist, and composer, working at the Théâtres de la Foire, and had written the music for at least five ballets and comedies. In 1719 he married Marie Louise Lecat.

That same year he published his first book of violin sonatas and was appointed to the service of Louis-Henri, Duke of Bourbon and Prince of Condé. In this capacity he composed a Fête royale and a Ballet des XXIV heures for the duke’s entertainment when the young Louis XV passed through Chantilly to Reims in 1722; Aubert played the violin in the role of Orpheus in the latter work.

In 1727 Aubert succeeded Noël Converset in the Vingt-quatre Violons du Roi, remaining a member until 1746, and in the next year he accepted a position with the Académie Royale de Musique and was named first violinist of the Opéra orchestra, with which he performed for the next twenty-four years. He made his début at the Concert Spirituel in 1729, and often played there until 1740.

He regularly and successfully appeared for a dozen years beginning in 1729 at the Concert Spirituel with, among other works, concertos for violin and orchestra of his own composition.

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