Jean Henry d’Anglebert: 1 April 1629 – 23 April 1691

By | September 25, 2020


Black and white protrait of Jean Henry d'Anglebert.

Jean Henry d’Anglebert was a French composer, organist and harpsichordist.

His only published work was in 1689 in Paris:- ‘Pièces de Clavecin’ a collection of four harpsichord suites’. These pieces are also famous for their exquisite engraving which set a new standard, and it contained a sophisticated table of ornaments, providing a model for future composers. The remainder of his work is in manuscripts.


Not a great deal is know about d’Anglebert’s life, his earliest known manuscript is from 1650-1659. It contains music by the famous composer Louis Couperin (Uncle of Francois Couperin) and Chambonnières (the first important French advocate of solo harpsichord performance). It is likely that d’Anglebert was connected with these and other outstanding French harpsichordists of that time.

In 1660 d’Anglebert took the post as harpsichordist to Philippe I Duke of Orléans, King Louis XIV’s younger brother. He held this position for at least eight years. He composed a tombeau paying homage to his predecessor at the court, Jacques Champion de Chambonnières.

Further Reading & Musical Downloads

At we have an arrangement of Jean Henry d’Anglebert’s Gavotte, from Pièces de Clavecin: for guitar For further information take a look at Wikipedia and All Music.

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