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La Pierre, Paul de

Marie-Thérèse Bouquet-Boyer

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Avignon, bap. Jan 7, 1612; d Turin, 1689). French composer, violinist and dancing-master. In 1640 he appeared in the Ballet du bureau des adresses performed before the Duke of Enghien at Dijon. He was a violinist in Avignon in 1641, together with his father Jean, and in 1643 he settled in Montpellier, where he was in charge of the violin band until 1661, taking part in numerous performances in Nîmes, Béziers, Narbonne and Pézenas. He collaborated with Molière on the Ballet des incompatibles while the Etats Généraux were in session in Montpellier in 1654–5. In 1660 he and his brother Guillaume took the band of violins and hautbois to Turin to participate in the marriage celebrations of Princess Margherita of Savoy. They both settled there in 1662, and Paul became director of the Avignon violin band (1672) and dancing-master to the king (1662) and to several members of his court. Between ...

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Subjects: Baroque Music

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