Philidor, François-André Danican (opera)
- Julian Rushton
(b Dreux, Sept 7, 1726; d London, Aug 31, 1795). French composer . He was the youngest child of André Danican Philidor l’aîné (c 1647–1730), best known as the organizer and chief copyist of the Philidor Collection. His father died when François-André was four; but as a member of one of France’s principal musical dynasties, which had long enjoyed royal favour, the child did not suffer from lack of patronage. At the age of six he entered the royal chapel at Versailles, where his musical education was entrusted to André Campra. Philidor soon displayed his gifts by outplaying his seniors at chess and by having a motet performed at Versailles when he was only 12. Another motet was given in ...