Nicolas Chédeville


Born: February 20, 1705; Serez   Died: August 6, 1782; Paris, France  
Of the children of the French Chédeville family, which included four sisters and five brothers, Esprit Philippe and Nicolas matured into the most musical of the siblings and were regarded as the greatest musette players of the eighteenth century. These two men, and their brother Pierre, shared many similar interests in their careers and even had numerous parallels in their paths; for example, each occupied posts in the Grands Hautbois ensemble Read more and played the musette. However, it was only Esprit Philippe and Nicolas who composed extensively for the instrument, even building them as they had been trained by their great uncle Louis Hotteterre. Nicolas had many additional involvements in his art; for example, while performing in the orchestra, he relieved Esprit Philippe of Jean Hotteterre's post, eventually assuming the title in 1732. He also achieved the high status of maitre de musette de Mesdames de France while teaching others to play this instrument.

The most prosperous period of Nicolas Chédeville's compositional career was during the time he played for the opera orchestra, which was between the early 1720s and 1748. In this interval he wrote approximately one work every other year (sometimes one or more per year), producing the most in the early 1730s and the fewest between the mid-1740s and 1750. These works were not merely for the musette, but most were combinations requiring additional instruments like the flute, violin, and the oboe (his secondary instrument). In 1729, in Paris, he successfully gained permission to publish his own works, his earliest of which is Amusements champêtres, livre 1er, of the same year. His other compositions include Troisième livre d'amusements champêtres (1733), 6 sonates (1739), Les pantomimes italiennes dansées à l'Académie royale de musique (1742), Les variations amusantes: pièces de différents auteurs ornés d'agrémens (no date), and La feste de Cleopatre (1751). His pieces vary, and some are similar to those of his brother; others reflect his interest in the Italian style, one was once falsely credited to Vivaldi, another reminiscent of mortality, and many were designed to showcase the skills of particular lay musicians. Chédeville's last dated composition appeared in 1751, three years following his retirement from the opera. After this time he lived a reclusive lifestyle until his death in 1782.

Although neither receive all that much attention, Chédeville's instrumental music is recorded with greater frequency than his chamber works; Le printemps ou Les saisons amusantes: concertos d'Antonio Vivaldy (1739) has appeared on both the REM Editions and Linn labels, Les impromptus de Fontainebleau (1750) on Auvidis. Read less
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  • 1.
    Sonates pour Flute a Bec et Basson / Lauzer, Lussier
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2753 Release Date: 11/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nicolas Chédeville,  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier,  Johann Friedrich Fasch  ... 
    Performer:  Amanda Keesmaat,  Mathieu Lussier,  Vinent Lauzer,  Sylvain Bergeron  ... 
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    Le Berger Poete / Lazarevitch, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 332 Release Date: 06/09/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Danican Philidor,  Nicolas Chédeville,  Jacques Hotteterre,  Jean-Féry Rebel  ... 
    Conductor:  François Lazarevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
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    Suite Life / Bergen Barokk
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1096 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais,  Jacques Hotteterre,  Nicolas Chédeville,  François Couperin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Baroque
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    Sonatas & Suites / Laurin, Paradiso, Marincic
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2185 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolas Chédeville,  Anne Danican Philidor,  Charles Dieupart,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Performer:  Dan Laurin,  Anna Paradiso,  Domen Marincic
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    The Genteel Companion: A Recorder Recital / Harvey
    Label: Altus   Catalog: 10 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Baston,  George Frideric Handel,  William Croft,  Jacob van Eyck  ... 
    Performer:  Monica Huggett,  Richard Harvey,  Roy Goodman,  Mark Caudle  ... 
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    Vivaldi, Chedeville: Complete Recorder Sonatas From
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95077 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolas Chédeville
    Performer:  Stefano Bagliano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Pro Musica
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    Music of the French Baroque / Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100395 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Dieupart,  Robert de Visée,  Nicolas Chédeville,  Antoine Forqueray  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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    Frans Bruggen Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65836 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Barsanti,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Performer:  Frans Brüggen,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Anner Bylsma,  Alda Stuurop  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brüggen-Consort
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    Chédeville: Il Pastor Fido / Irena Grafenauer
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432138 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolas Chédeville
    Performer:  Brigitte Engelhard,  Irena Grafenauer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Duo
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    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 4064 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolas Chédeville
    Performer:  Jean-Louis Beaumadier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert Buffardin
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    Label: Pavane   Catalog: 7455 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolas Chédeville,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Georges Kiss,  Maxence Larrieu
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    Corelli, Telemann, Et Al: Music For Recorder / Verhagen, Etc
    Label: Ottavo   Catalog: 30280 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Charles Dieupart,  Nicolas Chédeville,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Tini Mathot,  Reine-Marie Verhagen,  Jonathan Manson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corelli Ensemble
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    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 672219 Release Date: 04/02/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolas Chédeville,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Pro Musica
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    Chédeville: Les Saisons Amusantes / Palladian Ensemble
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 70 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nicolas Chédeville
    Performer:  Susanne Heinrich,  Pamela Thorby,  Richard Egarr,  William Carter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palladian Ensemble
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