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date: 11 December 2019

Royer, Joseph-Nicolas-Pancracelocked

  • Lionel Sawkins
  •  and David Fuller


(b Turin, c1705; d Paris, Jan 11, 1755). French composer, harpsichordist, organist and administrator. His father was sent by Louis XIV to be the intendant of gardens and fountains at the court of Savoy; the family returned to Paris when Royer was still an infant, although he did not become naturalized until July 1751, less than four years before his death. For 25 years he was a central figure in Parisian musical life, with responsibilities at court, the Opéra and the Concert Spirituel. He acquired a great reputation for playing the harpsichord and organ (Laugier) and as a composer, was a brilliant and influential contemporary of Rameau through much of the latter's career. His first operatic essay was to contribute music to an opéra comique at the 1725 Foire St Laurent (Le fâcheux veuvage). His first term as maître de musique at the Paris Opéra (...

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