Jacques Duphly


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(b Rouen, 12 Jan. 1715; d Paris, 15 July 1789). French harpsichordist and composer. He was organist of Évreux Cathedral c.1732, then of the two principal churches in Rouen. In 1742 he settled in Paris, where he published four books of harpsichord pieces (1744–68); each piece is named after a pupil or a friend. His works represent a fusion of French and Italian styles—the goûts réunis attempted by many mid-18th-century composers. They consist of a mixture of dances and musical portraits or character pieces.

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