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JOSEPH BODIN DE BOISMORTIER  

(1689 - 1755)

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier was born at Thionville on 23 December 1689 and died at Roissy-en-Brie on 28 October 1755. Natives of the borders of the region of Berry, the Bodin family had settled in Thionville where the composer’s father, a former soldier, became a confectioner. Around 1691, the family moved to Metz, where Boismortier was to have his musical education, apparently under Joseph Valette de Montigny, an accomplished composer of motets. In 1713 he followed his teacher to Perpignan, as tax collector for the Royal Tobacco Company, an occupation remote from music. Seven years later he married Marie Valette, a relation of his teacher, the daughter of a wealthy goldsmith. He remained in Perpignan for some ten years, a period that brought some musical activity, witnessed by two of his airs à boire (drinking-songs), published in Paris by Ballard in 1721 and 1724.

On the recommendation of influential friends, Boismortier abandoned his business and settled with his wife and daughter at the court of the Duchess of Maine at Sceaux and later in Paris, where he was first granted the privilege to print his compositions on 29 February 1724. This allowed him to publish his transverse flute duets and French cantatas, composed in Perpignan, marking the start of a successful and controversial career in the capital.

Courtesy of Stéphan Perreau & Jean-Christophe Maillard

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
APULEIUS: Amor und Psyche Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB10622
Chamber Music
BEZALY: Solo Flute From A to Z, Vol. 2 BIS
BIS-CD-1259
Instrumental
BOISMORTIER / SCHICKHARDT / TELEMANN: Recorder Music BIS
BIS-CD-1234
Concertos, Chamber Music
BOISMORTIER, J.B. de: Flute Concertos, Op. 15, Nos. 1-6 (Schultz) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-90803
Concertos
BOISMORTIER: 6 Concertos for Five Flutes, Op. 15 Naxos
8.553639
Concertos
BOISMORTIER: Ballets de Village Naxos
8.554295
Orchestral
BOISMORTIER: Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse (Don Quixote at the Duchess') Naxos
8.553647
Ballet
BOISMORTIER: Serenades Francaises / Fragments Melodiques Naxos
8.554456
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
BOISMORTIER: Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord, Op. 91 Naxos
8.553414
Chamber Music
BOISMORTIER: Suites for Harpsichord and for Flute Naxos
8.554457
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
Chamber Music - COUPERIN, F. / DOLLE, C. / LECLAIR, J.-M. / BOISMORTIER, J.B. de (The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France) (London Baroque) BIS
BIS-CD-1855
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - COUPERIN, F. / LECLAIR, J.-M. / BOISMORTIER, J.B. de / ANGLEBERT, J.H. d' / MOREL, J. (Les gouts-reunis) Ondine
ODE721-2
Chamber Music
Flute and Recorder Music: LOEILLET, J. / HANDEL, G.F. / BOISMORTIER, J.B. de (Flatuo Dolce - Flauto Traverso) (Sibelius Academy Baroque Ensemble) Ondine
ODE736-2
Instrumental
Flute Recital: Haupt, Eckart - QUANTZ, J.J. / BACH, W.F. / DE BOISMORTIER, J.B. / GOLDBERG, J.G. / HEINICHEN, J.D. (Hofische Barockmusik) Capriccio
C10471
Chamber Music
FROM BYRD TO BIRDS BIS
BIS-CD-57
Chamber Music
GOETHE, J.W. von: Junge Paris und Gedichte des jungen Goethe (Der) Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB10222
Concertos
LOEKI STARDUST COLLECTION (Loeki Stardust Quartet) Newton Classics
NC8802044
Chamber Music
PEHRSSON, Clas: Music for Recorder Ensemble BIS
BIS-CD-8
Concertos
WIESLER, Manuela: Small is beautiful - Short Pieces for Solo Flute BIS
BIS-CD-869
Instrumental




 
 
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