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Les Fifres (The Fifers)

Francois Dandrieu

Arr. E. Power Biggs

Paris 1682 - Paris 1738

~ Biography ~

French composer. Both he and his sister Jeanne Francoise were pupils of Moreau; he performed for Mme. Victoire de Baviere before he was five. Served as unofficial organist at St. Merry from 1704 and was formally installed in 1705; followed his uncle Pierre as organist at St. Barthelemy (so mentioned in a 1710 print, though Pierre formally held the post until 1733); became one of the royal chapel organists in 1721. Highly regarded as a harpsichord composer, he issued several books of suites beginning about 1704 (many of the later pieces are revisions of earlier ones), and also produced trio sonatas, organ noŽls (some of which may be the work of his uncle Pierre Dandrieu, d. 1733), and airs.


performed on the original Reuter opus #822 console & pipe organ, September 2, 2005
The original 822's blower was in use at this time.

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