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Jean-Henri D'Anglebert

Jean-Henri D'Anglebert

(1629 - 1691)

Jean-Henri D'Anglebert (April 1, 1629 - April 23, 1691) was a French harpsichordist and composer of keyboard music. D'Anglebert published four suites for harpsichord, together with a Kyrie and five short fugues for organ. This publication represents some of the most polished French keyboard writing of the time.

His style puts an elaborate counterpoint and precise system of embellishments at the service of an elegant melodic line, which is never obscured by these additions – his suites show a facility at working with multiple simultaneous lines to form a unified counterpoint.

Typical of the period, his harpsichord suites include unmeasured preludes and all manner of dances. His celebrated Tombeau to Chambonnieres, from his only published work, Pièces de clavecin (1689), pays hommage to the first important French exponent of solo harpsichord performance; his small organ output provides a welcome glimpse into the playing of the period.

Recommended Recordings

Pièces de clavecin

Erato 2292-45007-2
4 Suites "Pièces de Clavecin" and Pièces d'orgue/Erato 2292-45007-2
Scott Ross (harpsichord and organ)
4 Suites "Pièces de Clavecin"/Decca 458588-2
Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)
Complete Keyboard Works, Volumes 1 & 2/Musicaphon M56827 & M56828
Barbara Maria Willi (harpsichord, organ)