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date: 24 January 2020

Grasset, Jean-Jacqueslocked

  • David Charlton
  • , revised by Hervé Audéon


(b Paris, c1769; d Paris, Aug 25, 1839). French violinist, conductor and composer. He was a pupil of Isidore Bertheaume, with whom he played on 13 April 1786 at the Concert Spirituel in a sinfonia concertante for two violins of Bertheaume’s composition. By 1787 he was playing second violin in the Concert Spirituel orchestra; in 1790 he performed two of his own concertos and a symphonie concertante with Bertheaume. He evidently gained experience in other ensembles and was listed as chef d’orchestre of the Théâtre du Marais in 1792 and 1793. His obligatory army service included travels to Germany and Italy, which he supposedly turned to good artistic use. In 1795 he performed at the Feydeau concerts in Paris, and in November 1797 founded a short-lived concert society with Baillot, Lamarre, Plantade and Frédéric. In January 1798 he began to lead and conduct the orchestra of the new Société des Artistes; its concerts at the Théâtre Louvois were well received: ‘The audience is pleased to pay tribute to the intelligence with which Citizen Grasset conducts the orchestra, which itself is made up of the most skilful artists to be found in Paris’ (...

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Recherches sur la musique française classique
H. Berlioz: Mémoires (Paris, 1870; ed. and trans. D. Cairns, 1969, 2/1970); ed. P. Citron (Paris, 1969, 2/1991)
F.-J. Fétis: Biographie universelle des musiciens
A.-E. Choron and F.J.M. Fayolle: Dictionnaire historique des musiciens
C. Pierre: Histoire du Concert spirituel 1725-1790 (Paris, 1975)
L. de La Laurencie: L'école française de violon de Lully à Viotti (Paris, 1922-4/R)