Dampierre, Marc-Antoine, Marquis de
- Éric de Dampierre
(b Franleu, Somme, May 20, 1678; d Versailles, June 17, 1756). French veneur (huntsman), musician and composer. He was the son of a Huguenot gentleman from the comté of Eu who went into exile in about 1696 to ‘save the liberties of Europe’, going to Stargard (Pomerania) and London. Dampierre entered the service of the Duke of Maine as a page in 1693 and a gentleman in 1698, becoming Maître d’équipage du duc in 1709. He acquired a sound musical training at the court of Sceaux, and remained faithful all his life to the friends he made there, including Campra, Bernier, Mouret, Lalande and Collin de Blamont, many of whom, like himself, played the viol. An experienced veneur, he probably provided J.-B. Morin with the themes for his La chasse du cerf (1708).
Louis XV made him Gentilhomme des Menus-Plaisirs in 1722 and equerry to Queen Marie Leszczinska in ...