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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    Per Fridtjov Bonsaksen - Baroque Organ Music
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72146 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg F. Kauffmann,  Samuel Scheidt,  Joh. Valentin Rathgeber  ... 
    Performer:  Per Fridtjov Bonsaksen
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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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  • 30.
    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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    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 1013 Release Date: 12/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude-Béninge Balbastre
    Performer:  Françoise Levéchin
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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    Une Nuit De Noël / Gester, Parlement De Musique
    Label: Temperaments   Catalog: 1170030 Release Date: 11/25/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sébastien De Brossard,  Jean-François Dandrieu,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Nicolas-Antoine Lebègue  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Gester,  Françoise Masset
    Conductor:  Martin Gester
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Parlement de Musique
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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    Yankee: Come Home! - Historic Organs Of Newburyport, Mass
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 190 Release Date: 11/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian H Rinck,  David P. Ruhl,  Dudley Buck,  Arthur Foote  ... 
    Performer:  Marian Ruhl Metson
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  • 39.
    In Dulci Jubilo - Christmas Music For Organ / Robert Grogan
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49069 Release Date: 01/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benoit, Paul, Dom,  Hendrik Andriessen,  Samuel Barber,  Albert de Klerk  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Grogan
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  • 40.
    Spanish & French Organ Music / Jacques Van Oortmerssen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 316 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francois du Caurroy,  Alexandre Pierre Boëly,  Anonymous,  Antonio Mestres  ... 
    Performer:  Jacques Van Oortmerssen
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  • 41.
    Masters In This Hall / Beveridge, Washington Men's Camerata
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49063 Release Date: 09/19/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  John Francis Wade,  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Donald Sutherland,  N. Thomas Pedersen,  Rosa Lamoreaux,  Edward Newman
    Conductor:  Thomas Beveridge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Men's Camerata
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  • 42.
    The Art Of Youra Guller 1895-1980 - A Legendary Pianist
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5030 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Enrique Granados,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Youra Guller
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  • 43.
    Carols For Organ - Daquin, Et Al / Marie-Claire Alain
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45455 Release Date: 08/12/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Jean-François Dandrieu,  Pierre Dandrieu  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain
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  • 44.
    Les Plus Beaux Noëls - Bull, Buxtehude, Bach, Et Al
    Label: Musidisc   Catalog: 617008 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Auguste Chapuis,  John Bull,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Auguste Chapuis,  Etienne Baillot,  Martin Gester,  Norbert Petry
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