Antoine Forqueray

(c. 1672—1745)

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(b Paris, c.1672; d Mantes, 1745).

Fr. player of viola da gamba, and composer. At age 5, played to Louis XIV, and entered king's service as chamber musician 1689. Retired to Mantes 1728. One of greatest viol virtuosi of his day, rival to Marais. Comp. c.30 viol pieces, pubd. in 5 suites. His son, Jean‐Baptiste Antoine (b Paris, 1699; d Paris, 1782) was also a viol player of some renown, in service of king and Prince de Conti.

Subjects: Music.

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