Dassoucy [D’Assoucy; Coypeau, Coipeau, Couppeau], Charles [Assoucy, Charles d’]
- Margaret M. McGowan
[Assoucy, Charles d’]
(b Paris, Oct 16, 1605; d Paris, Oct 29, 1679). French poet, lutenist and composer. In 1637, through the Duke of St Simon (father of the author of the Mémoires), Dassoucy came to the attention of Louis XIII. Until 1653 he stayed in Paris and made friends with the libertins Tristan l’Hermite, Paul Scarron, François de La Mothe le Vayer, Cyrano de Bergerac and Jean de La Chapelle, and with musicians such as Pierre de Nyert and Luigi Rossi, whom he met at court, where he worked as a lutenist and composer. The king admired his musical verve and his astonishing powers as a lutenist, and he made him music master to the future Louis XIV. Dassoucy’s major works, the music of which is nearly all lost, were probably all composed towards the close of this period in his life.
After 1653 he left Paris and toured the provinces; at Lyons he met Molière, with whom he travelled to Avignon and Montpellier, where he was imprisoned. He later went to Turin, where he worked for Christine, Duchess of Savoy (Louis XIII’s sister), and travelled to Mantua, Modena, Florence and Rome, where in the early 1660s the French ambassador, the Duke of Chaulnes, protected him. Accused of atheism, he was imprisoned again, as he recorded in his ...