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Jean-François Dandrieu

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Paris, France (1682 – 1738)

Jean-François Dandrieu (c. 1682 – 17 January 1738) was a French composer, harpsichordist and organist. He was born in Paris, France.

Jean-François gave his first public performances when he was 5 years old, playing the harpsichord for Louis XIV, King of France, and his court. These concerts marked the beginning of Dandrieu’s very successful career as a harpsichordist and organist. In 1705, he became titular organist of the Saint-Merry church in Paris (a post previously occupied by Nicolas-Antoine Lebègue). At some point in 1706 he was a member of the panel of judges who examined Jean-Philippe Rameau’s skills in order to decide whether he could be appointed organist of the Sainte-Madeleine en la Cité church. In 1721, he was appointed one of the four organists of the Chapel Royal of France. He died in Paris in 1738.

The works published during his lifetime include the following collections:
* Livre de sonates en trio, trio sonatas (1705)
* Two Livres de sonates à violon seul, sonatas for solo violin (1710 and 1720)
* Les caractères de la guerre, instrumental concerts (1718, a revised version published in 1733)
* Three little harpsichord collections (1705) and three great ones (1724, 1728 and 1734)

A volume of organ pieces was published posthumously in 1739 and contained, among other works, some pieces by the catholic priest and organist Pierre Dandrieu, Jean-François’ uncle.

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