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date: 07 December 2019

Mion, Charles-Louislocked

  • Barbara Coeyman


(b 1698; d Versailles, Sept 12, 1775). French composer and teacher. He was a great-nephew of Michel-Richard de Lalande, and his professional life focussed on the court. He was named as a singer in the royal chapel in 1727, and taught singing to Mme de Pompadour whose protection he enjoyed. With his opéra-balletL’année galante (1747), Mion received an annual royal pension of 2000 livres and by 1750 was named compositeur du ballets du roi. On 24 January 1755 he became music master to the children of the royal family, but by 1765 he was unable to write owing to paralysis. From then onwards his name is absent from the pension lists, though he was still described as a royal pensioner at his death. He is buried in Notre Dame de Versailles.

Mion had three motets performed at the Concert Spirituel, but the stage works, which dominate his output, were almost all intended for the court circle where he spent his working life. Notably, the ballet ...

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