Michel Blavet


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(b Besançon, bapt. 13 March 1700; d Paris, 28 Oct. 1768). French flautist and composer. He taught himself to play various wind instruments and in 1723 moved to Paris in the service of Duke Charles-Eugène Lévis. In 1725 he helped to inaugurate the Concert Spirituel, appearing there regularly as a soloist. He benefited from the patronage of the Prince of Carignan (to whom he dedicated his op. 1 sonatas for two flutes) and the Count of Clermont, but he declined a post at the court of Frederick, Prince of Prussia. In about 1736 he became a member of the Musique du Roi and in 1740 he joined the Opéra orchestra. Blavet's chamber sonatas, like those of his colleague the violinist Leclair l'aîné, unite French and Italian styles, taking particular inspiration from the works of Corelli and Vivaldi. Blavet also composed several stage works for Clermont's private theatre at Berny, and his divertissement with secco recitatives, Le Jaloux corrigé (1752), was performed in a double bill with Rousseau's Le Devin du village (1752) at the Paris Opéra.

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

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