MICHEL BLAVET (1700 - 1768)
For many years, Michel Blavet was principal flautist in the Paris Opéra. He must have heard and played many great French operas by Lully and his followers, and also those of Rameau. Blavet was better known as a high-rank performer than as a composer. The more conservative music lovers, who remained faithful to Lully’s style, strongly attacked the Italian violinists (and their French imitators) of Blavet’s generation. Whereas the former were accused of utterly bad, over-expressive and forced taste, Blavet was considered to be the epitome of the good old virtues. He was praised for the noblesse in expression, for touching without shocking, for combining stunning virtuosity with elegance and ease.