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date: 18 November 2019

Audiffren, Jeanlocked

  • Guy Bourligueux

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(b Barjols, Provence, bap. Sept 24, 1680; d Marseilles, Aug 8, 1762). French composer and priest. The son of Jean-Baptiste Audiffren and Marguerite Fabre, he presumably received his initial musical training as a choirboy at Barjols church; in 1694 he entered the service of the chapter of the Old Cathedral in Marseilles, where he was taught by the precentor, Melchior Barrachin. In 1696 he received the tonsure, and about the turn of the century began to show his talents. In 1702 he became deputy precentor at Marseilles Cathedral; from 1716 to 1720 he was precentor of the primate's church of St Trophime at Arles and subsequently held the same office at Marseilles Cathedral until his retirement in August 1758. He was the teacher of Charles Levens. Audiffren's masses, although of unequal merit, contain some fine movements, and attest to the existence in southern France at this period of a concertante style of ...

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