Nicolas Bernier


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(b Mantes-la-Jolie, 5 or 6 June 1665; d Paris, 6 July 1734). French composer. He was a boy chorister in the collegiate church of his native town. After studies in Rome, possibly with Caldara, he settled in Paris in 1692, becoming a celebrated harpsichord teacher. From 1694 to 1698 he was maître de chapelle at Chartres Cathedral, returning to Paris as director of music at St Germain-l'Auxerrois. He later succeeded Charpentier as director of music at the Sainte Chapelle (1704) and Lalande as sous-maître of the royal chapel (1723).


From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.

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