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date: 25 August 2019

Hotteterre family [Haulteterre, Hauterre, Hauteterre, Hoteterre, Hoterre, Obterre, etc.]locked

  • Tula Giannini


[Haulteterre, Hauterre, Hauteterre, Hoteterre, Hoterre, Obterre, etc.]

French family of woodwind instrument makers, instrumentalists and composers. The founder of the family (see family tree ), Loys de Haulteterre (d by 1628) was a ‘tourneur en boys’ in La Couture, Normandy; his sons Louis Hotteterre (i) [père] (d by 1670), (1) Jean Hotteterre (i) and (6) Nicolas Hotteterre (i) established three branches of the family. During the 17th century (1) Jean Hotteterre (i) and later various other members of the family moved to Paris, where they gained fame as instrument makers and players, serving royal music-making. They are credited with developing early prototypes of the Baroque oboe, bassoon, musette and flute. Their talents in instrument making, playing, composition and pedagogy converged to form the foundation of the French school of woodwind playing. The Hotteterre family was related by marriage to several other important families of instrument makers including Buffet, Chédeville family...

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see Waterhouse-LangwillI
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