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Jean-Francois Dandrieu



Biography

Jean-Francois Dandrieu was a French keyboard composer and performer thought to be born around Paris.  He was a prodigy.  Dandrieu held several organist posts, playing for various Paris churches.  He was organist at Saint-Merry, Paris, in 1704.  He was a member of the royal chapel beginning in 1721 where he served as organist.  He played at St. Barthelemy's, now demolished, where he succeeded his priest uncle and was succeeded himself by his sister Jeanne-Francoise.  He revised a book of his uncle's noëls and published volumes of his own: Livre de sonates en trio (1705), Livre de sonates for solo violin (1710), Principes de l'accompagnement du clavecin (1718); and Piece de clavecin (3 albums (1724).  He wrote the harpsichord pieces in the style of Couperin.  His famous such piece was Les caractères de la guerre, a battle piece.
Jean-Francois Dandrieu