Beaujoyeux [Beaujoyeulx], Balthasar de [Belgioioso, Baldassare de; ‘Baltazarini’]
- Carol MacClintock
- and Iain Fenlon
(b Piedmont, c1535; dc1587). Italian ballet-master and violinist. He went to France in about 1555 as leader of a band of violinists sent by the Maréchal de Brissac to Catherine de' Medici; soon he adopted French nationality and changed his name to Balthasar de Beaujoyeux. Beaujoyeux was not only a good musician and a competent violinist, but also a tactful and successful courtier who rapidly found favour with his French masters, serving successively as ...