Jean Baptiste Lœillet

Jean Baptiste Loeillet (6 July 1688 – c. 1720), who later styled himself Loeillet de Gant, was a Belgian composer, born in Ghent. He spent the largest part of his life in France in service to the archbishop of Lyon, Paul-François de Neufville de Villeroy. He wrote many works for recorder, including trio sonatas, unaccompanied sonatas for 2 recorders, and solo sonatas. He died in Lyons around 1720.

Jean Baptiste Loeillet was a member of the large and musical Loeillet family, and the son of Pieter Loeillet and his first wife Marte (née Nortier).

Loeillet added "de Ghent" to his surname to avoid confusion with his cousin, Jean-Baptiste Loeillet of London (1680–1730), who was a well-known musician and composer in London. The similar names have often caused confusion and mis-attribution of works, such as Alexandre Beón's arrangement of the C minor Piano trio for recorder, oboe, and basso continuo for modern instruments (the Piano Trio in B minor, now reprinted by International) incorrectly attributed to Loeillet de Ghent. Forty-eight sonatas for recorder and continuo were printed in Amsterdam in 1710 and 1717 and, "clearly popular" per musician, composer and historian John W. Duarte, were re-printed in London by Walsh & Hare in 1712 and 1722. Duarte called the sonatas "in the style of Corelli" and placed the composer's work in the baroque period.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 6th, 1688 (Ghent), Died 1720 (Lyon)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-51025 10-in. 3/12/1929 Sonata no. 7 : Allegro ; Gavotte ; Aria Hazel Gertrude Kinscella Piano solo, with flute composer  
Victor BS-83117 10-in. 5/3/1934 Air tendre et courante American Society of Ancient Instruments ; Ben Stad Instrumental quintet composer  
Victor BVE-Test-655 10-in. 7/10/1929 Gigue Leon Tumarkin Piano solo composer  
Brunswick 14779-14781 10-in. 1/31/1925 Adagio and Allegrio Elshuco Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Brunswick 14782-14784 10-in. 1/31/1925 Largo Elshuco Trio Instrumental trio composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lœillet, Jean Baptiste," accessed August 4, 2021,

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"Lœillet, Jean Baptiste." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 August 2021.

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