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Louis-Claude Daquin

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Louis-Claude Daquin (or d'Acquin), (July 4, 1694June 15, 1772) was a French Baroque composer. He was a virtuoso organist and harpsichordist.

He was born in Paris, and evidently was a child prodigy, for he performed for King Louis XIV at the age of six. At the age of 12, he refused the job of organist at Sainte-Chapelle, instead taking the similar post offered to him by Petit St Antoine. In 1727 he was appointed organist at St Paul, besting Jean-Philippe Rameau for the job; five years later he became organist at the Cordeliers. In 1739 he became organist to the king. In 1755 he succeeded Antoine CalviŤre as titular organist of Notre-Dame cathedral.

Much of his music has been lost. Surviving works include four harpsichord suites, settings of Christmas carols, a cantata, and an air ŗ boire. Among the most famous of his works are the Swiss Noel (NoŽl Suisse) and Le Coucou (The Cuckoo).

Listening

  • Listen to Louis-Claude Daquin's Le Coucou (MIDI file).

References and further reading

  • "Louis-Claude Daquin," in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. Stanley Sadie. 20 vol. London, Macmillan Publishers Ltd., 1980. ISBN 1561591742

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