(b Paris, 10 April 1737; d Versailles, 28 April 1799). French composer. He was appointed maître de musique of Orléans Cathedral in 1756 and of the Saints Innocents in Paris 13 years later. In 1775 he entered the royal chapel at Versailles, writing a Missa brevis for Louis XVI's coronation. He was surintendant of the king's music, 1785–92, but during the Revolution he suppressed his royalist loyalties and wrote revolutionary songs and choruses. His sacred works include over 70 motets, six masses, a Requiem, and four oratorios.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.