François Devienne

Operas comiques
For beginners
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12 Easy Flute Duos, Op.572 Flute Quartets24 Easy Flute Duos for Beginners3 Flute Sonatas3 Oboe Sonatas, Op.703 Oboe Sonatas, Op.713 Trios for 2 Flutes and Bassoon, Op.776 Bassoon Duets, Op.36 Duos Concertants, Op.536 Duos for Flute and Viola, Op.56 Flute Duets, Op.26 Flute Quartets6 Flute Quartets, Op.26 Flute Quartets, Op.666 Flute Sonatas6 Romances6 Sonatas for 2 Flutes, Op.16 Trios for Flute, Viola and Cello6 Violin Sonatas


FlorianFlute Concerto d'Airs connus, Op.5Flute Concerto No.1 in D majorFlute Concerto No.11 in B minorFlute Concerto No.12 in A majorFlute Concerto No.2 in D majorFlute Concerto No.3 in G majorFlute Concerto No.6 in D majorFlute Concerto No.7 in E minorFlute Concerto No.9 in E minorFlute Quartet in G majorFlute Sonata in G major, Op.58 No.5


Le valet de deux maîtresLes comédiens ambulansLes Visitandines


Nouvelle méthode théorique et pratique pour la flûte


Quartet in F major


Rose et Aurèle


Sinfonia Concertante in D majorSinfonia Concertante in G major, Op.76Sonata for Flute, Bassoon and KeyboardSymphony in D major 'La Bataille de Gemmapp'


Trio No.2 in F major, Op.95b
François Devienne (French: [dəvjɛn]; 31 January 1759 – 5 September 1803) was a French composer and professor for flute at the Paris Conservatory.[1]
Devienne was born in Joinville, as the youngest of fourteen children of a saddlemaker. After receiving his first musical training as a choirboy in his hometown, he played in various Parisian ensembles as soloist and orchestra player. He studied the flute with Félix Rault; in 1780 he joined the household of Cardinal de Rohan. He was active in Paris as a flautist, bassoonist and composer, and played bassoon at the Paris Opera. He wrote successful operas in the 1790s, including Les visitandines (1792) which brought him much success.
He was also a member of the Military Band of the French Guard where he was given the rank of sergeant with the duty of teaching the children of his colleagues in the military band in its Free School of Music. After the Revolutionary period, when the Free School became the National Institute of Music, later chartered as the Paris Conservatory in 1795, Devienne was appointed an administrator and flute professor; among his students was François René Gebauer. He wrote Méthode de Flûte Théorique et Pratique (1793), which was reprinted several times and did much to improve the level of French wind music in the late 18th century. Like many other musicians, he joined the Freemasons and Concert de la Loge Olympique orchestra.
Devienne died in Charenton-Saint-Maurice near Paris on September 5, 1803.
His output comprises approximately 300 instrumental works that are mostly written for wind instruments. There are a dozen flute concertos (plus two posthumously published works, one of them a flute arrangement of G. B. Viotti's violin concerto No 23), sinfonias for woodwinds, quartets and trios for different ensembles, 12 operas, 5 bassoon concertos, 6 bassoon sonatas and 6 oboe sonatas (Opp. 70 and 71).
Devienne's compositions for flute, revived by Jean-Pierre Rampal in the 1960s, became well-known among flautists. As well as extensive educational work, including the Méthode, his collected work also includes eight books of sonatas for flute or bassoon, a variety of chamber music and no less than seventeen concertos. He became known in his day as the "Mozart of the Flute".
Devienne's complete oboe sonatas (opp. 70 and 71) as well as three of his bassoon sonatas (op. 24) were recorded by the Ensemble Villa Musica (Ingo Goritzki, oboe, Sergio Azzolini, bassoon, Ilze Grudule, cello, Ai Ikeda, bassoon, Diego Cantalupi, lute, Kristian Nyquist, fortepiano) and published on the MDG label (MDG 304 1749-2) in 2012.