- Rudolf A. Rasch
(b France, c1670; d Amsterdam, bur. Feb 4, 1722). Dutch composer of French extraction. He had moved to Amsterdam by 1690, perhaps as a consequence of his Huguenot faith, and in 1697 he edited Carl Rosier's Quatorze sonate for Estienne Roger. He was probably the first person to compose music specifically for the chalumeau and the clarinet. In his catalogue of 1704, Roger announced the sale of chalumeaux in connection with that of Dreux's first book of fanfares, a connection maintained in his 1708 catalogue but dropped in 1712. Dreux's Airs à deux clarinettes of 1715 may have been the first music to specify the clarinet as the first choice of instrument. It is possible that Dreux was the editor of anthologies published by Roger that contain music similar to his own, for example Airs anglais pour le chalumeau (1707–8; now lost) and Airs à deux chalumeaux, deux trompettes, deux clarinelles ou deux cors de chasse, livre premier, second...