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Forqueray, Antoine
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Antoine Forqueray

(Born; Paris, 1671-2; Died; Mantes, 28 June 1745). French composer and bass viol player. He was appointed musicien ordinaire de la chambre to Louis XIV in 1689, played at court and taught many eminent people. He was famous for his brilliant exploitation of the viol, in contrast to Marais' more graceful style. This is seen in the complex and demanding style of his Pieces de viole published in 1747 by his son, Jean-Baptiste-Antoine (1699-1782), also a viol player of great skill, who edited them and may at least have recomposed parts of them; he also issued a keyboard version. Antoine's nephew Michel (1681-1757) and Michel's nephew Nicolas-Gilles (1703-61) were organists in Paris.
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