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Chancy, François de

Chancy, François de

Chancy, François de, French lutenist and composer; b. place and date unknown; d. Aug. 1656. After serving Cardinal Richelieu (1631–35), he was a chamber musician to the king (from 1635), and also was in charge of the children in the royal household (from 1644). He was a skillful composer of chansons.

Works

Tablature de mandore de la composition du Sieur Chancy (Paris, 1629); Livre d’aires de cour à quatre parties (2 vols., Paris, 1635, 1644); Les équivoques (5 vols., Paris, 1640–55); also instrumental pieces in collections by Philidor and in treatises by Mersenne. See A. Souris, éd., Oeuvres de Chancy, Bouvier, Belleville, Dubuisson, Chevalier (Paris, 1967).

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