André Joseph Exaudet

André-Joseph Exaudet (1710–1762) was a French violinist and composer, best known for composing the influential 1751 minuet bearing his name.

The January 1744 issue of the Mercure de France announced the publication of six violin sonatas, mentioning that Exaudet was then first violinist of the Académie Royale de Musique de Rouen. He is also listed in the Paris Opéra archives as a violinist at the Foire St Laurent and the Foire St Germain that year. His name is among the Opéra orchestra in 1749 and the Concert Spirituel orchestra in 1751, and he remained a violinist in both until his death. In 1758 he became an ordinaire de la musique de la chambre du roi. Exaudet also served as maître de violon in the court of the Prince of Condé.

As a composer, Exaudet is best remembered by a celebrated minuet (op.2 no.1, finale). Within a year of its publication Vadé had added a text and incorporated it into his opera Suffisant. On 1 October 1763 the Mercure de France announced an orchestral arrangement by Berton and a year later another appeared by L'Abbé le fils. Its popularity was kept alive with a variety of texts; it even became the tune for a revolutionary song, Arbre heureux. It appeared in innumerable collections of airs and instrumental method books, often with variations.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1710 (Rouen), Died 1762 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1922

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-27313 10-in. 12/11/1922 Menuet d'Exaudet Emilio de Gogorza Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 1239 10-in. ca. 1903 Menuet d'Exaudet Charles Gilibert Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  


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