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Michel Corrette

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Rouen, Normandy (1707 – 1795)

Michel Corrette ( 1707– 1795) was a French organist, composer and author of musical method books.

He was born on 10th April 1707 in Rouen, Normandy. His father, Gaspard Corrette, was an organist and composer. Michel served as organist at the Jesuit College in Paris from about 1737 to 1780. It is also known that he travelled to England before 1773. In 1780 he was appointed organist to the Duke of Angouleme, and some fifteen years later died in Paris on 21st January 1795 at the age of eighty-seven.

He composed ballets and divertissements for the stage, including Arlequin, Armide, Le jugement de Midas, Les âges, Nina, and Persée. He composed many concertos, notably twenty-five concertos comiques. Aside from these works and concertos for organ, he also composed sonatas, songs, instrumental chamber works, harpsichord pieces, cantatas, and other sacred vocal works.

Corrette also organised concerts and taught music. He wrote nearly twenty music-method books for various instruments — the violin, cello, bass, flute, recorder, bassoon, harpsichord, harp, mandolin, voice, and more — with titles such as L’art de se perfectionner sur le violon (The Art of Playing the Violin Perfectly), Le parfait maître à chanter (The Perfect Singing Master) and L′école d′Orphée (The School of Orpheus), a violin treatise describing the French and Italian styles.

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