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date: 20 November 2019

Corrette, Michellocked

  • David Fuller
  • , revised by Bruce Gustafson


(b Rouen, April 10, 1707; d Paris, Jan 21, 1795). French organist, teacher, composer-arranger and author of methods on performing practice; son of Gaspard Corrette. Though little is known of his life, his works, which span nearly 75 years, provide an extraordinarily broad view of ordinary light music in France during the 18th century, and his methods are a rich source of information about performing practice and music of the period. He was married on 8 January 1733 to Marie-Catherine Morize. They had a daughter Marie-Anne (1734–c1822) and a son Pierre-Michel (1744–1801), who became an organist.

Corrette first established his reputation by becoming musical director of the Foire St Germain and the Foire St Laurent, where he arranged and composed vaudevilles and divertissements for the opéras comiques (1732–9). From 1737 until its closure in 1790 he was organist at Ste Marie within the temple of the ...

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