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Antoine Boësset

Biography

Born: 1586; Blois, France   Died: December 8, 1643; Paris, France  
Antoine Boësset is widely regarded as one of the leading French composers of his day, his reputation largely resting on his success in the genre of the airs de cour (courtly songs). His first such efforts date to 1608, though his entire airs de cour output appeared in Paris in nine volumes from 1617 to 1642. He was the son-in-law of Pierre Guédron, also known for his airs de cour.

Boësset was born in 1586 (the day and month are not
Read more known) in Blois, France. Not much is known of his childhood and early education, but it is likely his first musical instruction came as a choirboy in church. In Paris, the young Boësset first achieved publication for his songs in the 1608 anthology Airs de différents autheurs mis en tablature de luth par Gabriel Bataille.

Boësset's reputation grew quickly and he gained favor with King Louis XIII, who appointed him Maître des enfants de la musique de la chambre du roy in 1613. He was given three additional posts in the King's Court over the next few years, the most prestigious coming in 1623, Surintendant de la musique de la chambre du roy (Superintendent of music to the King).

By now his series of airs de cour was well under way and he was arguably the most respected musician in the King's Court. His reputation as a composer did not rest strictly on his songs. He had already begun composing ballets, the first of his more than 20 efforts dating to 1615. He achieved some success in the genre, particularly with the 1621 Ballet de la Reyne représentant le soleil and the 1624 Ballet des fées de la Forêt Saint-Germain.

In 1634 Louis XIII appointed Boësset his Conseiller et maître d'hotel ordinaire du roy, the fifth and last Court post held by the composer. It is believed that Boësset may actually have retained all five positions, at least in name (and thus for reasons of receiving increased stipends), until his death in 1643. Boësset remained active in composition up to nearly the end of his life, for not only did the last of the nine Airs de cour books appear in 1642, but his last two ballets (Ballet la Félicité and Ballet triomphes) came that year, as well. Read less
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  • 1.
    Moulinie: Meslanges pour la Chapelle d'un Prince / Dauce
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902194 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antoine Boësset,  François De Chancy,  Louis Constantin,  Etienne Moulinie
    Conductor:  Sébastien Daucé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Correspondances
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    Emma Kirkby In Recital / Christopher Wilson
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4890 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Guédron,  Nicholas Lanier,  William Lawes,  Nicolas Vallet  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Christopher Wilson
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  • 3.
    Le Parler Et Le Silence
    Label: Ramee   Catalog: 1206 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Bassano,  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Gioseffo Guami,  Girolamo Frescobaldi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Attaignant Consort
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    Label: Musica Ficta   Catalog: 8014 Release Date: 05/15/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Etienne Moulinie,  Antoine Boësset,  Gabriel Bataille,  Girolamo Frescobaldi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Festino
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    L'Archange & Le Lys - Messe & Motets d'Antoine Boesset / Dauce, Correspondances
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 110801 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antoine Boësset
    Conductor:  Sébastien Daucé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Correspondances
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    Tabarinades - Musiques Pour Le Theatre De Tabarin / Colpron, Les Boreades
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2658 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lambert de Beaulieu,  Jean D'Estrées,  Michael Praetorius,  Vincenzo Ruffo  ... 
    Conductor:  Francis Colpron
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
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  • 7.
    Et la fleur vole - Airs a danser & airs de cour autour de 1600 / Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 167 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  François Lazarevitch,  Gabriel Bataille,  Antoine Boësset  ... 
    Performer:  François Lazarevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
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  • 8.
    200 Years of Music at Versailles - A Journey to the Heart of French Baroque
    Label: Centre De Musique Baroque De Versai   Catalog: 1108 Release Date: 10/07/2008   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Guillaume Lasceux,  Nicolas Séjean,  Henri-Joseph Rigel  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Latry,  Alain Buet,  Isabelle Poulenard,  Philippe Do  ... 
    Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Jérémie Rhorer,  Jérôme Corréas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles,  Les Folies Françoises,  Les Agrémens  ... 
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    L'astree - Musiques D'apres Le Roman D'honore D'urfe / Horvat, Ensemble Faenza
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 127 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Ballard,  Gabriel Bataille,  Antoine Boësset,  Spoken Word  ... 
    Conductor:  Marko Horvat
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Faenza
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    L'esprit Galant / Johannette Zomer, Fred Jacobs
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 24307 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicholas Hotman,  Robert de Visée,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Sébastien Le Camus  ... 
    Performer:  Fred Jacobs,  Johannette Zomer
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  • 11.
    La Semaine mystique - Chants de dévotion du règne de Louis XIII
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 103 Release Date: 09/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean de la Ceppède,  Robert Ballard,  Giovanni Gastoldi,  Jean Auvray  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Horvat
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
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    Nicholas Formé - Le Voeu de Louis XIII / Les Pages & Les Chantres
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 97 Release Date: 09/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolas Formé,  Etienne Moulinie,  Antoine Boësset,  Louis XIII King of France  ... 
    Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
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  • 13.
    Boësset: Je Meurs Sans Mourir / Le Poème Harmonique
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 57 Release Date: 07/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antoine Boësset,  Louis Constantin,  Anonymous
    Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
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    Ancient Airs & Dances / Paul O'Dette, Rogers Covey-Crump
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55146 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Guédron,  Bernardo Gianoncelli,  Ludovico Roncalli,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Paul O'Dette,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Nigel North,  Christel Thielmann  ... 
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  • 15.
    Gerard Souzay Sings Baroque, Classical & Traditional Songs
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1315 Release Date: 12/09/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jean-Baptiste Lully  ... 
    Performer:  Gérard Souzay,  Jacqueline Bonneau
    Conductor:  Robert Cornman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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    Music & Art - Music From The Time Of Rembrandt
    Label: Metronome   Catalog: 1057 Release Date: 03/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicholas Lanier,  Philippe de Monte,  Constantijn Huygens,  Jacques Chambonnieres  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Wilson,  Paul [Tenor Vocal] Agnew,  Julia Gooding,  Carole Cerasi
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  • 17.
    Douce Beauté / Joel Cohen, Boston Camerata
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 21656 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Jacob Van Eyck,  Anonymous,  Edward Filmer,  Gabriel Bataille  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Azéma
    Conductor:  Joel Cohen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
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  • 18.
    Van Eyck: Der Fluyten Lust-hof / Marq, Feldman, Lislevand
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8588 Release Date: 03/10/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Jones,  Nicolas Vallet,  François De Chancy,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Rolf Lislevand,  Sébastien Marq,  Jill Feldman
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    Airs De Cour / Lutz Kirchhof
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 48250 Release Date: 02/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Richard,  Anonymous,  Jean Boyer,  Pierre Guédron  ... 
    Performer:  Lutz Kirchhof,  Marie-Claude Vallin,  Max van Egmond
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