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Louis Marchand

(1669—1732)


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(b Lyons, 1669; d Paris, 1732).

Fr. organist and composer. Org., Nevers Cath. at age of 14. Org., royal chapel 1708–14. High reputation in Fr. as kbd. virtuoso. On tour of Ger. in 1717, he was involved in projected org. competition with Bach in Dresden, but withdrew at the last minute, afraid of failure. Returned to Fr. as teacher. Works incl. kbd. pieces, opera, cantata, airs, and 3 Cantiques spirituels (texts by Racine). Teacher of Daquin.

Subjects: Music.


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