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Joseph Bodin de Boismortier

December 23, 1689 - October 28, 1755
born in Tionville, composed during the Classical period
Few eighteenth-century composers earned a personal fortune solely by writing music; Joseph Bodin de Boismortier did, and could claim to be the first Frenchman to sell his talents on the open market. By 1700, the spread of music printing and publishing in Europe, allied to the growth of amateur music-making, made substantial sales of new music possible, and Boismortier seized every opportunity for meeting the popular demand for tuneful, technically simple pieces for a wide variety of vocal and instrumental combinations.

Within a year of arriving in Paris in 1723, his first publications were on sale, and by 1747 had been followed by 102 works. This readiness to provide what the public wanted brought financial success and popularity, but a certain amount of envious comment from the French cultural establishment as well: composers were not supposed to be businessmen! In his Essay on Music, Early and Modern (1750) Jean-Benjamin de La Borde, a contemporary of Boismortier, commented Boismortier ability to turn composition into a lucrative enterprise. The composer's response to La Borde's remarks was brief and to the point: "I make money".

Following common practice of the time, Boismortier frequently scored for alternative instruments -- for example,. recorder, flute, oboe or violin -- thus increasing his sales potential. He was particularly industrious in writing for the flute, and also published a flute method. So fashionable was the instrument in France that the mere imprint "suitable for flute" virtually guaranteed a publishing success. Rustic instruments, such as the musette (bagpipes) and vielle (hurdy-gurdy), were also in vogue, and Boismortier swiftly obliged by providing them with something easy to play.

His output encompassed secular cantatas, motets, songs and four stage works, including an opera, Daphnis et Chloé. He was also an innovator. As the first French composer to adopt the Italian title concerto, he wrote the first French solo concerto for any instrument (in this case the 'cello), as well as a large number of flute sonatas and a set of unaccompanied concertos for three, four, and five flutes.

Boismortier was extremely prolific, but much of what he wrote, though pleasant enough, could hardly be considered significant. At its best it is tuneful, elegant, and by no means naïve. In his Essay on Music, La Borde wrote: "Although [his works] have long been forgotten anyone who desires to take the trouble to excavate them will find enough grains of gold dust there to make an ingot." Today he might have been less grudging, since many of Boismortier's works are still being published, and continue to appeal to players of both modern and period instruments. ~ Roy Brewer, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Boismortier: Ballets de Village/Sérénade

Title: Premier Ballet, Op. 52/1

1. Premier Ballet, Op. 52/1: Premier Ballet, Op. 52

Title: Cinquième Gentillesse, Op. 45

2. Cinquième Gentillesse, Op. 45: Gaiement

3. Cinquième Gentillesse, Op. 45: Gracieusement

4. Cinquième Gentillesse, Op. 45: Gaiement (2)

Title: Deuxième Ballet, Op. 52/2

5. Deuxième Ballet, Op. 52/2: Deuxieme Ballet, Op. 52

Title: Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39

6. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Ouverture

7. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Entree Rustique

8. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Air Graxieux

9. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Gavotte En Rondeau

10. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Choeur Imaginaire

11. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Rigaudon Et Deuxieme Rigaudon

12. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Rondeau

13. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Menuet Et Deuxieme Menuet

14. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Gavotte

15. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Sarabande

16. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Air Vif

17. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Air Modere

18. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Gigue

19. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Villageoise Et Deuxieme Villageoise

20. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Musette

21. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Les Reverences Nuptiales

22. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Loure

23. Première Sérénade Ou Première Simphonie Françoise, Op. 39: Chaconne

Title: Troisième Ballet, Op. 52/3

24. Troisième Ballet, Op. 52/3: Troisieme Ballet, Op. 52

Title: Ballet De Village No. 4, For Chamber Ensemble In G Major, Op. 52/4

25. Ballet De Village No. 4, For Chamber Ensemble In G Major, Op. 52/4: Quatrtieme Ballet, Op. 52

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Track List: Joseph Bodin De Boismortier: Sonatas for Two Bassoons & Continuo

Title: Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In E Minor, Op. 50/1

1. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In E Minor, Op. 50/1: I. Andante

2. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In E Minor, Op. 50/1: II. Allemanda (Allegro)

3. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In E Minor, Op. 50/1: II. Aria

4. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In E Minor, Op. 50/1: IV. Gavotta (Presto)

Title: Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Major, Op. 26/3

5. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Major, Op. 26/3: I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo

6. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Major, Op. 26/3: II. Corrente

7. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Major, Op. 26/3: III. Adagio

8. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Major, Op. 26/3: IV. Minuetto I & II

Title: Sonata For 2 Bassoons (or Cellos Or Viols) In D Minor, Op. 40/1

9. Sonata For 2 Bassoons (or Cellos Or Viols) In D Minor, Op. 40/1: I. Allegro

10. Sonata For 2 Bassoons (or Cellos Or Viols) In D Minor, Op. 40/1: II. Vivace

11. Sonata For 2 Bassoons (or Cellos Or Viols) In D Minor, Op. 40/1: III. Adagio

12. Sonata For 2 Bassoons (or Cellos Or Viols) In D Minor, Op. 40/1: IV. Allegro

Title: Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Minor, Op. 26/5

13. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Minor, Op. 26/5: I. Allemanda (Allegro)

14. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Minor, Op. 26/5: II. Aria

15. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Minor, Op. 26/5: III. Adagio

16. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Minor, Op. 26/5: IV. Giga

Title: Sonata For 2 Bassoons/cellos/viols, Op. 14/3

17. Sonata For 2 Bassoons/cellos/viols, Op. 14/3: I. Allemande (Gravement)

18. Sonata For 2 Bassoons/cellos/viols, Op. 14/3: II. Allemande (Gayement)

19. Sonata For 2 Bassoons/cellos/viols, Op. 14/3: III. Lentement

20. Sonata For 2 Bassoons/cellos/viols, Op. 14/3: IV. Gigue

Title: Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Major, Op. 50/2

21. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Major, Op. 50/2: I. Largo

22. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Major, Op. 50/2: II. Allemande (Allegro)

23. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Major, Op. 50/2: III. Rondeau (Gracieusement)

24. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo In G Major, Op. 50/2: IV. Giga

Title: Sonata For 2 Bassoons (or Cellos Or Viols) In G Minor, Op. 40/5

25. Sonata For 2 Bassoons (or Cellos Or Viols) In G Minor, Op. 40/5: I. Allegro

26. Sonata For 2 Bassoons (or Cellos Or Viols) In G Minor, Op. 40/5: II. Aria I

27. Sonata For 2 Bassoons (or Cellos Or Viols) In G Minor, Op. 40/5: III. Aria II

28. Sonata For 2 Bassoons (or Cellos Or Viols) In G Minor, Op. 40/5: IV. Gavotta

Title: Sonata For Two Bassoons In C Major, Op. 14/6

29. Sonata For Two Bassoons In C Major, Op. 14/6: I. Legerement

30. Sonata For Two Bassoons In C Major, Op. 14/6: II. Courante

31. Sonata For Two Bassoons In C Major, Op. 14/6: III. Sarabande

32. Sonata For Two Bassoons In C Major, Op. 14/6: IV. Gigue

Title: Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo, Op. 26/2

33. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo, Op. 26/2: I. Vivace

34. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo, Op. 26/2: II. Allemanda

35. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo, Op. 26/2: III. Largo

36. Sonata For Bassoon & Continuo, Op. 26/2: IV. Giga

Title: Rondeau, For 2 Bassoons (or Cellos Or Viols), Op. 40

37. Rondeau, For 2 Bassoons (or Cellos Or Viols), Op. 40: Rondeau In A Minor, Op. 40

Title: Chaconne, For 2 Bassoons (or Cellos Or Viols), Op. 66

38. Chaconne, For 2 Bassoons (or Cellos Or Viols), Op. 66: Chaconne In A Major, Op. 66

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