Alday family [Aldaye, Aldée]
- Barry S. Brook
- and Richard Viano
French family of musicians. Considerable confusion surrounds the members of the Alday family, as several have the same first initial; both Grove5 and RISM have attributed many of the works of the various Aldays incorrectly. The first known musician in the family, Alday le père (first name unknown, b Perpignan, 1737), was a violin teacher and composer. According to Fétis's unsupported story, he learnt the mandolin in Italy while secretary to a grand seigneur, and was married in Avignon. Choron and Fayolle reported that he settled in Paris as a professor of the mandolin. His sons were (1) François Alday l'aîné and (2) Paul Alday le jeune.
(b Mahón, Menorca, c1761; d ?Lyons, after 1835). Violinist, organist, teacher and music director. He was the older son of Alday père. The Alday name, presumably referring to François, first appeared in the Parisian press in 1771 after a performance at the Concert Spirituel: ‘M. Aldaye fils, âgé d'environ dix ans, a joué sur la mandoline avec autant de rapidité que de précision’ (...