Tulou, Jean-Louis, prominent French flutist, pedagogue, and composer; b. Paris, Sept. 12,1786; d. Nantes, July 23,1865. He was only 10 when he entered the Paris Cons., receiving the 2ndprix in 1799 and the premier prix in 1801. He launched his career in 1804; joined the orch. of the Paris Opéra in 1813, resigning in 1822, but resumed the position in 1826 (with the title of “première flûte solo”). In 1829 he was appointed prof, of flute at the Cons., then retired from both positions in 1856. He performed on the old-fashioned flute, and obstinately opposed the introduction of Böhm’s improved instrument into the Cons. With J. Nonon, he pursued a partnership as a flute manufacturer from 1831 to 1853; then continued to make flutes under his own name. He wrote 5 flute concertos, airs variésfor flute with orch., a Trio for 3 Flutes, flute duos, and many solo pieces for flute. He also publ. Méthode de flute (Mainz, c. 1835; modern ed., Kassel, 1965).
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