Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer

(c. 1705—1755)

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(b Turin, c.1705; d Paris, 11 Jan. 1755). French composer, performer, and music administrator. He maintained an influential position in Parisian musical life from 1730 onwards, when he was appointed maître de musique at the Opéra and subsequently maître de musique des enfans de France, a position that included the musical education of the Dauphin Louis. His reputation as a harpsichordist and organist was equalled by his fame (second, for a time, only to that of Rameau) as an opera composer, and given official acknowledgment by numerous court appointments, including the position of chantre de la musique de la chambre du roi.


From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

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