Claude-Béninge Balbastre

Biography

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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    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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    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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    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 Classics   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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    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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    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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    Marches For The Organ - Lasceaux, Et Al / Roland Muhr
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 1327 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume Lasceux,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Muhr
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    Noel - A Music Feast
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49244 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  John Tavener,  Lajos Bárdos  ... 
    Performer:  J. Melvin Butler,  Vernon Nicodemus,  David Dahl,  Joan Lippincott  ... 
    Conductor:  Dale Warland,  Loren Ponten,  Doug Fullington,  Peter Hallock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dale Warland Singers,  Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble,  Tudor Choir  ... 
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    Quentin De La Tour - Musical Portraits
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45667 Release Date: 08/23/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Jean Barrière,  Antoine Forqueray,  Jacques Duphly  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Baumont
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    Chosen Tunes - Grace Cathedral / Matthews
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49206 Release Date: 03/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Louis J.A. Lefébure-Wely,  Jeanne Demessieux,  Norman Cocker  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Jane Matthews
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    Carols For Christmas Morning
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1075 Release Date: 08/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry John Gauntlett,  Benjamin Britten,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Kenneth Leighton  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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    The Great Organ At St. Mary's Cathedral / John Balka
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 98 Release Date: 03/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Vierne,  Cyril Jenkins,  Wilbur Held,  Dale Wood  ... 
    Performer:  John Balka
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    A Brass & Organ Christmas/ Fenstermaker, Bay Brass, Krehbiel
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49120 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  John Francis Wade,  Traditional,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  John Fenstermaker
    Conductor:  Arthur David Krehbiel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bay Brass Ensemble
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    French Noels Of The 18th Century / Ensemble Les Boreades
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2118 Release Date: 08/22/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-François Dandrieu,  Michel Corrette,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre
    Performer:  Éric Mercier,  Francis Colpron,  Rafik Samman,  Marie Bouchard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
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    Patricia Castillo - Recital Clavecin
    Label: Urtext   Catalog: 2003 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  John Bull,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
    Performer:  Patricia Castillo
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    Christmas Organ Music -  Bach, Dandrieu, Daquin, Etc / Alain
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 10703 Release Date: 11/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Olivier Messiaen,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Jean-François Dandrieu  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain
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