Aubert, Jacques (1689-1753)

Jacques Aubert (30 September 1689 – 19 May 1753), also known as Jacques Aubert le Vieux (Jacques Aubert the Elder), was a French composer and violinist. 

Aubert was born in Paris and became a student of Jean Baptiste Senaille. His first position was as violinist in the service of the Prince of Conde. Thereafter he was a member of the Vingt-quatre Violins du Roy. From 1728 to 1752, he was the first violinist at the Paris Opera.

He regularly and successfully appeared for a dozen years beginning in 1729 at the Concert Spirituel with, among other works, concertos for violin and orchestra of his own composition.

Together with Jean-Joseph Cassanea de Mondonville and Jean-Marie Leclair, Aubert brought the zest of Italian violin virtuosity into the French musical fare of their time. He died in Belleville.

His son Louis Aubert (painter) (1720-c.1800) was also a violinist and composer. Another son, Jean-Louis Aubert (1731–1814) was a dramatist, poet and journalist, also known as the Abbé Aubert.


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