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Jean-Franois Dandrieu
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Jean-Franois Dandrieu (c. 1682 17 January 1738) was a French

Baroque composer, harpsichordist and organist.
He was born in Paris into a family of artists and musicians. A gifted
and precocious child, he gave his first public performances when he
was 5 years old, playing the harpsichord for King Louis XIV of
France, and his court. These concerts marked the beginning of
Dandrieu's very successful career as harpsichordist and organist. He
was a student of Jean-Baptiste Moreau. In 1700, aged 18, he started
playing the organ at the Saint-Merri church in Paris (a post previously
occupied by Nicolas Lebgue) and became its titular organist in 1705.
At some point in 1706 he was a member of the panel of judges who
examined Jean-Philippe Rameau's skills to appoint him organist
of the Sainte-Madeleine en la Cit church (incidentally, a post
Rameau declined). In 1721 he was appointed one of the four
organists of the Chapelle royale of France. In 1733, he
succeeded his uncle, the organist and priest Pierre Dandrieu
(1664-1733) to become the organist of the (now destroyed)
church of St Barthelmy in the le de la Cit. He died in Paris in
1738, and was succeeded at the organ of St Barthelmy by his
sister, Jeanne-Franoise.

Jean-Franois Dandrieu

The works published during his lifetime include the following

Livre de sonates en trio, trio sonatas (1705)
Two Livres de sonates violon seul, sonatas for solo
violin (1710 and 1720)
Les caractres 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)

Jean Franois Dandrieu: Les

caractres de la guerre

A volume of organ pieces was published posthumously in 1739 and contained, among other works,
some pieces by Jean-Franois' uncle, Pierre Dandrieu. Dandrieu also published an academic treatise
on accompaniment (Principes de l'accompagnement) in 1718, which now serves as an important
source of information on the musical practice of the era.
Dandrieu's harpsichord writing is reminiscent of that of Franois Couperin, but with more effective
use of counterpoint, which reminds the listener of German Baroque music. The strict traditional
suite " la Froberger" is abandoned in his works, many dance movements replaced with the

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so-called pices de caractre, pieces with descriptive titles that were common in French music of
the 18th century. Dandrieu's harpsichord oeuvre is, after those of Franois Couperin and
Jean-Nicolas Geoffroy, the most important in terms of sheer quantity of pieces.

See also

Rcit de tierce en taille from

Organ Suite in G Major

French baroque harpsichordists

French organ school

Magnificat I from Organ Suite in

D Major

External links


Jean-Franois Dandrieu at

/dandrieu_jean_francois.html) Biography,
catalogue of works, bibliography (French)
Kunst der Fuge: Jean-Franois Dandrieu MIDI files (
Free scores by Jean-Franois Dandrieu at the
International Music Score Library Project
Free scores (
at the Mutopia Project


Basse de cromorne from Organ

Suite in D Major


Duo trompettes from Organ Suite

in D Major


Duo cors de chasse from Organ

Suite in D Major


Fugue on Ave Maris Stela


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Categories: French classical composers

French male classical composers Baroque composers
French classical organists French harpsichordists
Composers for pipe organ 18th-century keyboardists
18th-century classical composers 1680s births 1738 deaths

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