Blaise, Adolfe Benoît
- Jeffrey R. Rehbach
(d ?Paris, 1772). French bassoonist and composer. He was probably the son of a bassoonist at the Comédie-Italienne in Paris in the late 17th century, who may have been maître de chapelle at Limoges in 1717. The younger Blaise was a bassoonist at the Comédie-Italienne by 1737, when (according to the Mercure de France) he arranged music for Le petit maistre. In 1743 he was chef de l’orchestre at the Foire St Laurent, and the next year he took the same post at the Foire St Germain (Boismortier, formerly his deputy, assumed the head position at St Laurent). Blaise continued as bassoonist for the Comédie-Italienne, composing and arranging ariettes, divertissements, vaudevilles and dances for 44 parodies, ballet-pantomimes, comic operas and a spectacle à machines presented there between 1737 and 1769 (for detailed lists see Brenner, 1947 and 1961, and Barnes). He was listed in the Almanach des spectacles...