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Michel Pignolet de Monteclair (Composer)

Born: 4th December 1667, Andelot Blancheville, France

Died: 22nd September 1737, Domont, France

Nationality: French

Michel Pignolet de Montéclair was a French composer of the baroque period.

He was born Michel Pignolet in Andelot, Haute-Marne, France, and only later added "Montéclair" (the name of a fortress in his home town) to his name. Little is known of his life, and there are no known portraits. He was the son of a weaver; his entrance into the choir school at the age of nine may have been the only chance of escaping the poverty of a weaver's life. In 1687, he went to Paris and joined the orchestra of the Opera, where he played the basse de violon.

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