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date: 02 June 2020

Pouteau, Josephlocked

  • Frédéric Robert

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(b Chaumes-en-Brie, Feb 7, 1739; d Paris, Dec 3, 1823). French organist and composer. He went to Paris about 1743–4 and studied the organ with his great-uncle Michel Forqueray, organist at St Martin-des-Champs, and composition with L.-C. Bordier, choirmaster at the church of the Cimetière des Innocents. In 1753 he won a competition for the reversion to the post of organist at St Martin-des-Champs and in 1756 he became organist at St Jacques-de-la-Boucherie. On Forqueray’s death in 1757, Pouteau inherited his library and position as organist at the Filles-Dieu convent. He supported the Revolution and arranged Le serment civique, ou Pot pouri national for piano or harpsichord; later, however, the Revolutionary movement turned against the church and deprived him of his wealthy students. From about 1811 he taught the piano at the Ursuline Convent School and was organist at St Merry. His compositions include motets, ariettes, harpsichord sonatas and an ...

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