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date: 13 October 2019

Leduc family [Le Duc]locked

  • Jean Harden
  •  and Richard Macnutt

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[Le Duc]

French family of musicians, composers and music publishers . The origins of the family are unclear, but musicians of this name lived in Paris at the beginning of the 17th century and probably earlier, in the neighbourhood where the Leduc publishing house has remained. A Pierre Le Duc, maker of musical instruments, lived in the rue St-Honoré from 1602 and died childless in about 1635. His relationship to other Leducs is unknown. (See alsoLeduc, Alphonse.)

Jean Harden

(b Paris, Jan 15, 1742; d Paris, Jan 1777). Violinist, composer and publisher. A pupil of Gaviniès, he was a second violinist in the Concert Spirituel orchestra in 1759 and made his début as soloist in 1763. In 1763 he was one of the first violins in the Concert Spirituel orchestra, and he continued to appear as an orchestral player and soloist until his death. He earned consistently favourable reviews in the Parisian press and received an understated compliment in Leopold Mozart's travel diary of ...

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