Corrette, Michel

Corrette (10 April 1707 – 21 January 1795) was born in the Normandy city of Rouen. Gaspard Corrette, his father, was an organist and composer. His early years are mostly unknown. Corrette competed for the position of organist at the Church of Sainte-Madeleine-en-la-Cité in Paris in 1726 but was unsuccessful. He subsequently worked as a music instructor and released his first collections of sonatas for different instruments in 1727. (flute, violin, brass, musette, and hurdy-gurdy). Corrette married Marie-Catherine Morize on January 8, 1733, and they had two children: Marie-Anne (1734 - approx. 1822) and Pierre-Michel (1744 - 1801), who was also an organist. Corrette was named organist at Paris's Sainte-Marie Church in 1737, a post he maintained for 54 years until 1791. From 1758 until his dismissal in 1762, he was an organist at the Jesuit College in Paris. It is also known that he visited England before 1773, based on comments in his methodic works for double bass. He became the Duke of Angoulême's organist in 1780. Due to the dechristianization of France during the French Revolution, he lost his long-held post at the Sainte-Marie Church in 1791. Despite this, he was very interested in what was going on in his nation, and he wrote many opinion articles on the Revolution's progress. Corrette churned out a lot of work. Arlequin, Armide, Le Jugement de Midas, Les ges, Nina, and Persée are among his theatrical ballets and divertissements. He wrote a lot of concertos, including 25 comiques. He also wrote sonatas, songs, instrumental chamber works, harpsichord pieces, cantatas, and other religious vocal works and these compositions and organ concertos. The Laudate Dominum and Four Masses for Two Voices from 1788 are the only two holy compositions. Corrette's musical idiom was highly conservative, and he continued to write in the Baroque manner at least until the 1770s. However, surviving far into the Classical period (he outlived Mozart by four years, dying only a few months short of 88 in 1795).

Viola Compositionsof Michel Corrette | Animato Strings


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