Giroust, François, French composer; b. Paris, April 10, 1737; d. Versailles, April 28, 1799. He entered the Notre Dame choir school in Paris in 1745, where he studied with Louis Hornet and Antoine Goulet. In 1756 he was ordained and was named maitre de musique at Orleans Cathedral. Returning to Paris, he was maitre de musique at the Saints-Innocents (1769-75). From 1775 he was sous-maitre of the Royal Chapel, and from 1785 he also was surintendant de la musique de chambre. He was especially successful as a composer of grand motets. His other works included stage pieces, oratorios, masses, Masonic music, and patriotic pieces.
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