Claude-Bénigne Balbastre


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(b Dijon, 22 Jan. 1727; d Paris, 9 May 1799). French organist and composer. He was taught the organ by his father and, after moving to Paris in 1750, studied composition with Rameau. He frequently played at the Concert Spirituel, and in 1760 he was appointed one of the organists at Notre Dame, gaining an international reputation. In 1776 he became organist to the future Louis XVIII; his royal connections brought about his downfall at the Revolution, and he died in poverty.


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