Francoeur, François was a French violinist and composer. He learned music through his father and at age 15, became part of the Académie Royale de Musique as a violinist. Francoeur traveled and performed in the principal cultural centers in Europe, and moved back to Paris, and became part of the Concert Spirituel.
In 1744, Francoeur and his friend and colleague, François Rebel, were appointed inspecteurs musicaux. King Louis XV chose Francoeur to become his Music Master in 1760. Some of Francoeur’s surviving compositions, printed in Propyläen der Musik, V. 2 (1989), encompass two books of violin sonatas, some ballets, 10 operas (including one about the life of Skanderbeg), and created jointly with François Rebel.
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