JACQUES HOTTETERRE (1673 - 1763)
Jacques Hotteterre is the most distinguished of a family that
provided the French court with a number of players and composers
in the 17th and 18th centuries. He followed the family tradition
of instrument-making and performance, playing bassoon in the Grands
Hautbois of the court and flute in the music of the royal chamber.
He was popular as a teacher and wrote instruction manuals for
the transverse flute and other wind instruments, as well as for
the musette, the fashionable French bagpipe. Hotteterre was generally
known as 'le Romain', suggesting a possible period spent in Rome.
Hotteterre's compositions include a number of publications calling for one or two flutes, or alternative instrumentation, with other accompanying instruments. Suites in a number of movements are melodically effective and provide a useful source of information on contemporary French techniques of ornamentation.