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date: 15 November 2019

Delair, Etienne Denislocked

  • David Fuller


(d after 1727). French theorist. Nothing is known of his life beyond the two addresses in Paris given in the titles of the two editions of his treatise: rue St Honoré and rue des Poulies. He is said to have signed the action of 1750 taken by the ‘harmonists’ (organists and composers) against Guignon and the corporation of popular musicians known as the menestrandise, but if we assume that the first edition of his Traité d'accompagnement pour le théorbe et le clavessin (Paris, 1690/R; Eng. trans., 1991) was published after his 20th year, he would have been at least 80 at the time of signing. Perhaps there was a son of the same name. The title of Delair's treatise goes on to claim that it ‘includes all the rules necessary for accompanying on the two instruments, with special observations on the different approaches they require. It teaches also how to accompany unfigured basses’. A second edition, ...

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Journal of the American Musicological Society