Jean-François Dandrieu 
Last updated: 03.10.20
According to the Internet source given below, Jean-François Dandrieu was a French organist and composer of carols. In his Livre de Noëls (1759), he resorted to using pieces composed by his uncle, Pierre, who in 1714 published an important collection in the history of the genre, in which he was the first to introduce musettes, a popular dance with a rustic twist. Of course, the nephew added a few pieces of his own, characterized by their simplicity and picturesque quality. Jean-Francois Dandrieu was organist at the Chapelle Royale where he performed his own works at Christmas, as did his colleagues, Louis Claude Daquin and Claude Balbastre. Daquin (who succeeded Dandrieu at the Chapelle Royale, and afterwards became organist at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in 1755) obtained such success as an improviser that the police were sometimes called in to maintain order in the streets of Paris on the nights he perfommed. It is also reported that the improvisations by Balbastre at Christmas attracted so many people, it was feared disorder would be caused in the church, to the point where he was twice refused access to the organ loft at Notre-Dame Cathedral during midnight mass, by order of the Archbishop of Paris. At the time when his Nouveau livre de Noëls was published, Michel Corrette, son of the great organist Gaspard Corrette, held the post of organist at the Jesuit church on Saint-Antoine street.
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