François Roberday

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Title page of the first edition of Fugues et caprices ( Fugues and Caprices )

François Roberday (born March 11, 1624 in Paris , † October 13, 1680 in Auffargis near Rambouillet ) was a French composer and organist of the Baroque .

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François Roberday was the son of a respected goldsmith, who himself was the king's goldsmith. In 1650 he was given the title “orfèvre du roi”. In 1659 he bought the post of valet for the regent Anna of Austria . His brother-in-law was the harpsichordist Jean-Henri d'Anglebert .

At the same time, Roberday was organist in the parishes of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires and "les Petits-Pères" in Paris. He had the reputation of being one of the best protagonists of the French organ school . Jean-Baptiste Lully is one of his students .


His collection “Fugues et Caprices à 4 parties” ( fugues and caprices with 4 voices ) for organ contains fugues whose themes Roberday borrowed from works by Girolamo Frescobaldi , Johann Jakob Froberger , Francesco Cavalli , Wolfgang Ebner and others, as well as from contemporary compatriots. His organ pieces, which were not intended for liturgical use, are among the last of the polyphonic tradition in France.

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Individual evidence

  1. Music in the past and present , vol. 14: Riccati – Schönstein . 2nd ed. Col. 214–215.
  2. Les maîtres de Lully .