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François Hippolyte Barthélémon

BARTHÉLÉMON, François Hippolyte. b. Bordeaux, France, 27 July 1741; d. Southwark, London, 20 July 1808. The son of a wig-maker, he may have served briefly in the army as a young man, but this is not certain. A talented violinist, he went to Paris where he played in the orchestra of the Comédie Italienne, moving to London in 1764. In London his skill was much valued: he gave solo recitals, and became the leader of the orchestra at the King’s Theatre. He wrote an opera, Pelopida (1766), and an interlude operatic piece, Orpheus, the first of a number. With the composer Charles Dibdin he was involved in the music for David Garrick’s disastrous (because of the pouring rain) Shakespeare Jubilee...

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