Claude-Béninge Balbastre

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Born: January 22, 1727   Died: May 9, 1799; Paris, France  
Born in 1722, Balbastre, whose name was also spelled "Balbâtre," studied with the organist Pierre Fevrier, also taking composition lessons from Rameau. Having established himself in Paris in the 1750s, Balbastre was a respected composer, attaining international fame as an organist. In 1776, Balbastre became organist to Monsieur, King Louis XVI's brother (who later became Louis XVIII). Balbastre played an important role in the musical life of the Read more court of Louis XVI. In addition to serving as organist of the royal chapel, he gave harpsichord lessons to Queen Marie Antoinette. His students included the daughters of French and foreign notables, such as Thomas Jefferson. As an organist, Balbastre was enormously popular in Paris, and he drew huge crowds every year when he played his Noëls at Midnight Mass at the Church of St. Roch. Vexed by Balbastre's popularity, the Archbishop of Paris forbade him to play in 1762. Balbastre's career ended with the fall of the French monarchy, and he led a meager existence until his death in 1799, though he and his family kept their heads on their shoulders partly as Balbastre composed music in honor of the Revolution.



Balbastre's compositions include chamber works (sonates en quatuor) and music for keyboard. His elegant Pieces de clavecin, composed in 1759, successfully emulate François Couperin's sophisticated musical descriptions of certain characters and particular individuals. Essentially, Balbastre's music for keyboard reflects his versatility and familiarity with the dominant keyboard idioms of the late Baroque. While influences of such masters as Couperin and Scarlatti can be detected in his works, Balbastre nevertheless impresses the listener as a compellingly imaginative composer. In addition, Balbastre gained fame as an inventor, and contemporary sources credit him with the invention of a combined piano and organ, a single-keyboard instrument known as the "fortepiano organisé." Read less
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    Christmas Organ: Noel Aux Orgues De Tende Et De Chambery
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 958199 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Zipoli,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Various  ... 
    Performer:  René Saorgin,  Yves Roure
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    Joseph-hector Fiocco: Pieces De Clavecin
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24176 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joseph-Hector Fiocco,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre
    Performer:  Ewald Demeyere
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    Deux Siecles d'Orgue / Lebegue, Bouvard, Desenclos, Espinasse, Robin
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 950 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nicolas-Antoine Lebègue,  Jacques-Denis Thomelin,  Guillaume Gabriel Nivers,  François Couperin  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Baptiste Robin,  François Espinasse,  Michel Bouvard,  Frédéric Desenclos
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    Three Centuries of Organ Music at Notre Dame de Paris / Olivier Latry
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5338 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolas Séjean,  Guillaume A. Calviere,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Latry
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    Airs D'opera Accommodes Pour Le Clavecin
    Label: L'encelade   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Joseph-Nicolas-Pan Royer
    Performer:  Catherine Zimmer
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    Splendeurs De L'orgue Francais, Vol. 2
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 104232 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Couperin,  Nicolas-Antoine Lebègue,  Louis Marchand,  Gilles Jullien  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Vernet,  Cedrick Meckler
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    Jack Mitchener Plays Christmas Organ Music
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 936 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Marcel Dupré,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant  ... 
    Performer:  Jack Mitchener
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    Noels A L'orgue / Rene Saorgin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2928199 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Zipoli,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Various  ... 
    Performer:  René Saorgin,  Yves Roure
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    Balbastre: Pieces De Clavecin (1759) / Yates
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 777 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude-Béninge Balbastre
    Performer:  Sophie Yates
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    Balbastre: Music For Harpsichord / Elizabeth Farr
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572034-35 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Elizabeth Farr
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    A French Collection - Marchand, Duphly, Couperin, Balbastre, Corrette, Royer
    Label: Paradizo   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Duphly,  Louis Marchand,  Joseph Nicolas P. Royer,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre  ... 
    Performer:  Skip Sempé,  Bruce Kennedy
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    The Harmonious Blacksmith / Trevor Pinnock
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 413591 Release Date: 01/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Caspar Fischer,  François Couperin,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock
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    Carols From Oxford
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 210 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henry John Gauntlett,  Benjamin Britten,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Kenneth Leighton  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom,  Bill Grayston Ives
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir,  Magdalen College Choir Oxford
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    French Organ Music - Boley, Balbastre / Maxime Heintz
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 89140 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Pierre Boëly,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre
    Performer:  Maxime Heintz
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    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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    Couperin: Mass For Parish Services / Robert Noehren
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3046 Release Date: 07/17/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre
    Performer:  Robert Noehren
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    Baroque Organ Music From France - Couperin, Balbastre, Marchand, Etc / Bleicher
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 868950 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicholas de Grigny,  Michel Corrette,  François Couperin,  Louis Marchand  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Johannes Bleicher
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    Second Wind - Kittel, Krebs, Kellner, Et Al / John Brock
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 970 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Kittel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens,  Gerald Near  ... 
    Performer:  John Brock
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    Christmas Music - Corrette, Et Al  / Michel Chapuis, Et Al
    Label: Plenum Vox   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaspard Corrette,  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault,  Henri Du Mont,  Michel Corrette  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Chapuis,  Ekaterina Fedorova
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    Organ Works - Buxtehude, Bach, Et Al / Brad Hughley
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 930 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck  ... 
    Performer:  Bradley Hughley
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    French Eclat In The Roanoke Valley / Thomas Baugh
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 850 Release Date: 02/01/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Roth,  Richard Cummins,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Baugh
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    Visage Français - Boyvin, Tapray, D'aquin / Michel Chapuis
    Label: Plenum Vox   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 09/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Michel Chapuis,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Jean-François Tapray  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Chapuis
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    Trumpet Tunes / Beaulac, Boucher
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22369 Release Date: 08/22/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georges Delerue,  Henri Tomasi,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre  ... 
    Performer:  Stéphane Beaulac,  Vincent Boucher
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    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 921803 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude-Béninge Balbastre
    Performer:  Mitzi Meyerson
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    Meslanges - Pérotin To Balbastre
    Label: Calliope   Catalog: 9944 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pérotin,  Guillaume Dufay,  Eustace du Caurroy,  Henri Du Mont  ... 
    Performer:  André Isoir,  Sophie Landy
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