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Vallet Or Valet, Nicolas

Vallet Or Valet, Nicolas

Vallet Or Valet, Nicolas, eminent French-born Netherlandish lutenist and composer; b. probably in Corbény, Ile-de-France, c. 1583; d. probably in Amsterdam, after 1642. He apparently received his musical training in his homeland, and was in Amsterdam by 1614. He was greatly esteemed as a performer and composer, and also active as a teacher. A. Souris edited OEuvres de Nicolas Vallet pour luth seul: Le Secret des Muses, livres I, II (1970).

Works

(all publ. in Amsterdam): 21 Psalmen Davidsfor Voice and Lute (1615; 2nded., 1619, as XXÍ pseaumes de David); Secretum musarumfor Lute (1615; 2nded., 1618, as Le Secret des Muses: Paradisus musicus testudinis); Ret tweede boeck van de (30) luyt-tablatuerfor 1 and 4 Lutes (1616; 2nded., 1619, as Le Second Livre de tablature de luth, intitulé Le Secret des Muses); Bruylofts-gesangfor 5 Voices (1619); Regia pietas, hoc est (150) Psalmi Davidicifor Lute (1620); Apollinis susse Leyr, das istPavannen, Galliarden, Balletten, Bransles, Couranten…fransösiche Stuck…en-gelsche Stückfor Viola and Basso Continuo (1642); Le Mont Parnasse…contenant plusiers pavannes, gaillardes, ballets, bransles, courantes, fantasies, et batailles, ab, 6 (c. 1644); several lute pieces in MS collections.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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