Joseph Bodin de Boismortier was a French composer of both instrumental and vocal music. He became very rich in his mid-thirties by securing a royal license as an engraver which enabled him to publish his own music and sell it to the public. He wrote for many amateur musicians and their instruments and voice.
He spent the first part of his life in Metz then moved to Paris 1724 with his wife.
Between 1724 and 1729 he published more than one hundred works.
He is famous for writing the first solo concerto in 1729 for any instrument a concerto for cello, viol or bassoon.
One piece that is still performed today is Boismortier’s Deuxieme serenade ou simphonie.