Michel Corrette: 10 April 1707 – 21 Jan 1795

By | September 17, 2020


A black and white portrait of Michel Corrette playing the violin

Michel Corrette was a French organist, composer, teacher and author of music method books.

He followed in his father’s footsteps as he was also an organist and composer.


Not a huge amount is known about his life other than the posts and titles that he held. His first known professional position was as church organist in Rouen. Corrette then gained the position of organist to the Grand Prior of France, In 1750 he was given the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre de Christ at around the same time as he became the organist at the Jesuit college in Paris. He held this position for about thirty years. Also during this period he became organist for the Prince of Conti of the Church of St. Marie-Madeleine. It was also during this time that he travelled to England. In 1780 he became organist to the Duke of Angoulême which was to be his last.

As well has being an organist and composer he organised concerts and taught music. He was a popular teacher and wrote almost twenty music method books for a variety of different instruments.

Corrette’s compositions were not limited to one type, he composed ballets and divertisements for the stage, twenty five concertos comiques, along with organ concertos, sonatas, songs, instrumental chamber works, cantatas and other sacred works.

He married Marie-Catherine Morize in 1733 and died in 1795 at the age of eighty seven in Paris.

Musical Downloads & Further Reading

At music-scores.com we have over ten arrangements for you of Michel Corrette’s Suite in C Major. This comprises of nine mainly short movements. It was originally written for the Dulcigurdy, a form of hurdy gurdy: the sound was produced by winding a crank, which would turn a spinning wheel to bow the strings with a constant sound.

For further information take a look at Wikipedia and All Music.

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