Personalities | Jacques Champion, Sieur de Chambonnières | Early Baroque | Classical
(Zhak Shamp-yôn’ Syör da Shan-bun-yâr) c. 1601–72
Chambonnières is generally considered the founder of the French harpsichord school. He developed a style in harpsichord writing adapted from the lute idiom of style brisé, characterized by broken, arpeggiated chordal textures. In 1641, he began a twice-weekly series of concerts, later inheriting his father’s position as gentilhomme ordinaire of the king’s chamber. During the 1650s he danced in several court entertainments. His two collections of harpsichord pieces were both published in 1670. He was sought after as a teacher and numbered among his pupils Nicolas-Antoine Lebègue (c. 1631–1702), Guillaume Gabriel Nivers (c. 1632–1714) and Jean-Henri d’Anglebert (1635–91), who composed a tombeau for solo harpsichord in his memory.
Harpsichord Suites, Skip Sempé (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)
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