Papavoine, French violinist and composer; b. probably in Normandy, c. 1720; d. probably in Marseilles, 1793. Little is known about him, not even his first name. He spent the greater portion of his life in Paris, where he played in the orch. of the Comédie-Italienne (1760–62). With N.-M. Audinot, he founded the Théâtre de rAmbiguë-Comique about 1767, and was active with it until at least 1789. His wife, Mile. Pellecier, was also a musician and composer. Papavoine was one of the earliest French symphonists. His 6 simphonies, op.l (Paris, 1752) and the Symphonie in D major (c. 1765) are extant. He also composed 4 operas, incidental music, pantomimes, and chamber music.
—Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire