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Classical music scores - Sheet music - Balbastre - Recueil de Noël formant quatre suites avec des variations pour le clavecin et le forte piano - Harpsichord Piano OrganBALBASTRE Claude (1727-1799)

Claude Balbastre was born in Dijon and did advanced work in Paris with Jean-Philippe Rameau and Pierre Février.

He was engaged as organist of the Concert Spirituel (1755), Saint-Roch (1756) and Notre-Dame-de-Paris (1760). He became quickly known for his improvisations.

During the French Revolution, he was in charge of the preservation of the organs of Paris (1795).

- Recueil de Noëls formant quatre suites avec des variations pour le clavecin et le forte piano. Paris, (s.d. = 1770). (Réf. 1274)

In France, instrumental noels were played during the Advent and, of course, at the Midnight Mass and the masses of Christmas Day. These noels might also be played at the Concert Spirituel on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. At the end of the eighteen century, organists were abandoning the most popular tunes and looking for less well-known noels from abroad.

Organists would do well to have some verses of a Noël sung before playing the variations. This would add considerably to their impact. See :

- Chants de Noëls anciens et nouveaux de la grande bible. Notez avec des basses. Paris, 1703. (Réf. 5425)

« A la venue de Noël » :

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Classical music scores - Sheet music - Ballard - Chants des noëls anciens et modernes - Voices

- First book of harpsichord pieces. Paris, 1759. (Réf. 50149)

“Facsimusic” collection.

Dedication : « AMadame de Caze, trésorière générale des Postes, et relais de France et fermière générale ». « Chez l’Auteur, Place Vendome chez M de Caze Fermier général ».

Suzanne Félix Lescarmotier married Anne Robert de Caze in 1747 ; the latter was notorious for extravagant spending in order to enlarge his collections of manuscripts, rare books and tulips. His portrait is also to be found in Duphly’s 2nd book of Harpsichord Pieces (1748).

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