Sébastien de Brossard


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(b Dompierre, Orne, bapt. 12 Sept. 1655; d Meaux, 10 Aug. 1730). French lexicographer, theorist, and composer. Educated as a priest, he held various ecclesiastical and musical posts in Paris, Strasbourg (1687–98), and Meaux (1698–1730) and composed a considerable amount of church music. His main importance is as the writer of one of the earliest music dictionaries, first published in 1701. A second edition, entitled Dictionaire de musique, contenant une explication des termes grecs, latins, italiens et françois (Paris, 1703/R1964), includes a catalogue of more than 900 writers and remains a valuable source for understanding 17th-century music. His library, which he left to Louis XIV in exchange for an annuity in 1724, is still in the Bibliothèque Nationale.

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.

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