Claude-Bénigne Balbastre (1727-1799). Paris organist at St. Roch, Notre Dame, and court. Published Pièces de clavecin (1759), Recueil de Noëls (1770), and Sonates en quatuor (1779).
Jacques Boyvin (c. 1649-1706). Organist of Notre Dame Cathedral, Rouen. Published two books of organ music (1689-1690 and 1700) and a treatise on figured-bass accompaniment (1705).
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (c. 1645/1650–1704). Maître de musique for the Duchesse de Guise, the Dauphin, the Jesuit church of St. Louis, and Sainte-Chapelle. Prolific composer of sacred and secular vocal and instrumental music, including operas and other stage works.
Lambert Chaumont (c. 1630-1712). Priest and composer in southern Netherlands. Published Pièces d’orgue sur les 8 tons (1695), written in the French manner of the day.
Louis-Nicolas Clerambault (1676-1749). Paris organist (Grands Augustins, St. Sulpice, Jacobins, and court). Prolific composer of solo cantatas, sacred music, Pièces de clavecin (1704), and Livre d’orgue (c.1710).
François Couperin le grand (1668-1733). Active as a harpsichordist at court. Published four books of clavecin music (1713, 1716-1717, 1722, 1730), an instruction manual—l’Art de toucher le clavecin (1716), and Pièces d’orgue (1690). Also composed much chamber music and sacred and secular vocal music.
François Dagincour (1684-1758). Organist at Notre Dame Cathedral, Rouen, and the royal chapel. Composer of the Pièces de clavecin (1733) and organ music.
Jean-François Dandrieu (c. 1682-1738). Paris organist at St. Merry, St. Barthélemy, and the royal chapel. Published several books for clavecin (three early books, c. 1704-1720; and Pièces de clavecin of 1724, 1728, and 1734) and Pièces d’orgue (1739, posthumous).
Charles [? François] Dieupart (after 1667-C.1740). French harpsichordist and violinist who emigrated to London. Composer of Six suittes de clavessin (1701), songs, and instrumental music.
Henry Du Mont (1610-1684). Harpsichordist and Paris organist of St. Paul and the royal chapel. Composer of much sacred vocal music and a few keyboard pieces.
M. Durocher. Organist of St. Jean de Lus. Published Pièces de clavecin (1733)
Pierre-Claude Foucquet (c. 1694-1772). Paris organist at St.-Honoré, Abbey of St. Victor, St. Eustache, Notre Dame, and the royal chapel. Published three books of clavecin music (1749, 1750-1751, 1751).
Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667). Worked at Viennese court. Composed large quantity of music for organ and harpsichord. Foremost German keyboard composer of the seventeenth century.
Denis Gaultier le jeune (1603-1672). Paris lutenist and composer of “La Rhétorique des dieux” (c.1652), Pièces de luth (1669), and Livre de tablature (c.1672).
Ennemond Gaultier le vieux (1575-1651). Lutenist at court, composer, and cousin of Denis Gaultier. Wrote numerous lute pieces in many printed collections of the seventeenth century, including those containing Denis Gaultier’s works above.
?Jacques Hardel (d. late 1670s). Pupil of Chambonnieres and composer of nine surviving pieces, mostly for harpsichord.
Jacques (-Martin) Hotteterre [Le Romain] (1674-1763). Instrumentalist at court and composer of numerous instrumental works, particularly for flute. Published Principes de la flûte traversiére . . .(1707), L’Art de preluder . . . (1719), and Méthode pour la musette . . . (1737).
Joseph de La Barre (1633-C.1678). Organist for the royal chapel from 1656 and composer of vocal and keyboard music.
Michel-Richard de Lalande (1657-1726). Held several positions at court and succeeded Lully as Surintendant de la musique de la chambre (1689). Composer of sacred music (particularly grands motets), stage works, instrumental music, and airs.
Michel Lambert (1610-1696). Maître de musique de la chambre du Roi from 1661. Foremost French composer of airs in the mid-century.
Gaspard Le Roux (?-d. 1705-1707). Noted Paris harpsichordist. Published Pièces de clavessin (1705).
Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687). An Italian who came to Paris at age fourteen and rose to dominate French music. Appointed Surintendant de la musique et compositeur de la musique de la chambre in 1661 and Maître de la musique de la famille royale in 1662. Composed music for numerous ballets, tragedies en musique, and other stage works, as well as motets and instrumental music.
Marin Marais (1656-1728). Well-known composer and gambist at court from 1685. Published five books for the viol as well as chamber music.
Louis Marchand (1669-1732). Paris organist at St. Benoit, St. Honore, and the royal chapel and for the Cordeliers. Published Pièces de clavecin (1702 and 1703) and Livre d’orgue (n.d.).
John Mercure (fl. 1640–1650). French lutenist and composer at the court of Charles I in England.
Marin Mersenne (1588-1648). Philosopher, mathematician, music theorist, and author of numerous treatises, including Harmonie universelle (1636) and Harmonicorum libri (1635-1648).
René Mesangeau (d.1638). Noted lutenist at court and composer of numerous lute pieces.
Michel Pignolet de Monteclair (1667-1737). Parisian Maître and prolific composer of airs, cantatas, stage works, sacred music, and instrumental music. Published five treatises between 1709 and 1736, including the Principles de musique.
Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers (c. 1632-1714). Organist at St. Sulpice in Paris and the royal chapel, composer, and theorist. Published three books for organ (1665, 1667, and 1675), sacred vocal music, and treatises, including the Traite de la composition de musique (1667).
Germain Pinel (d.1661). Lutenist at court and composer of assorted lute pieces.
André Raison (before 1650-1719). Organist at Ste. Genevieve in Paris and later to the Jacobins de St. Jacques. Published Livre d’orgue (1688) and Second livre d’orgue (1714).
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). Published three books of clavecin music (1706, 1724, and 1728), Pièces de clavecin en concerts (1741), numerous stage works, and important theoretical treatises.
François Roberday (1624-1680). Composer, organist, and Valet de chambre of the Queen. Published Fugues et caprices, à quatre parties (1660) for organ or instruments.
Jean Rousseau (1644-C.1700). Maître of the viol, composer, and noted author of two treatises: Traite de la viole (1687) and Methode claire, certaine et facile pour apprendre fr chanter la musique (six editions from 1678 to 1710).
Monsieur de Saint-Lambert. At present nothing is certain but that this Parisian Maître published two important treatises: Les principes du clavecin (1702) and Nouveau traite de l’accompagnement du clavecin, de l’orgue, et des autres instruments (1707).
Nicholas Siret (1663-1754). Organist of the Cathedral and church of St. Jean in Troyes. Published Pièces de clavecin (c.1710 and 1719).
Jean Titelouze (c. 1562-1633). Organist of Rouen Cathedral and the first important French composer of organ music. Published Hymnes de l’eglise (1623) and Le Magnificat. . . (1626) for organ in a contrapuntal style.