Corrette: Michel. Sheet Music and Biography

By | September 17, 2020

Corrette Sheet Music

A black and white portrait of Michel Corrette playing the violin
Michel Corrette
10 April 1707-21 Jan 1795

Michel Corrette was a French organist, composer, teacher, and author of music method books. He was born on 10th April 1707 in Rouen.

His father Gaspard was an organist and composer and Michel chose to follow in his footsteps.

We have some arrangements of his Suite in C major available to download.

Career

Little is known about his life other than the posts and titles he held. His first known professional position was as a church organist in Rouen. Corrette then gained the position of organist to the Grand Prior of France.

In 1750 he received the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre de Christ, and around the same time, he became the organist at the Jesuit college in Paris. A position he held for about thirty years. Also during this period, he became organist for the Prince of Conti of the Church of St. Marie-Madeleine. During this period he took the opportunity to travel to England.

In 1780 he became organist to the Duke of Angoulême which was to be his last post.

As well as 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. His Suite in C Major comprises of nine mainly short movements, written originally for the Dulcigurdy, a form of the hurdy-gurdy. The creation of this sound involved winding a crank, which turned a spinning wheel to bow the strings with a constant sound.

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 they had a daughter and son together. Michel died in Paris on 21st January 1795 at the age of 87.

Corrette Sheet Music Downloads and Further Reading

On music-scores.com we have a few arrangements of Michel Corrette sheet music in PDF format for you to download.

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

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