CLEMENT - Sonates en trio — Pappas, Lusson
CLÉMENT Charles-François, born in Provence around 1720 and died in Paris in 1789, was professor of harpsichord in Paris,
where he published: three cantatilles entitled Le Départ des guerriers, le Retour des guerriers in 1750 and Le Célibat in 1762; a book of Sonates en Trio pour un Clavecin et un Violon5 in 1743; a Harpsichord Journal, containing ariettes and arias transcribed for Harpsichord alone or with violin accompaniments; The music was chosen from the interludes and the successful comic operas. This journal was published monthly in Paris during the years 1762, 1763, 1764 and 1765, in-4 ° obl.
He gave at the Théâtre-Italien La Pipée, in two acts (1756), which he parodied to the music of the Paratorio, opera by Jomelli, and at the Opéra-Comique, in the same year, the Bohémienne, in two acts.
Theoretical works: 1° Essai sur l'accompagnement du clavecin ; 1758, in-4° obl. ; — 2° Essai sur la basse fondamentale, pour servir de supplément à l'Essai sur l'accompagnement du clavecin et d'introduction à la composition pratique ; Paris, 1762, in-4° oblong. The second edition of these works appeared under this title: Essai sur l'accompagnement du clavecin par les principes de la composition pratique et de la basse fondamentale ; Paris, in-fol. obl. engraved, undated.
Initiated a Freemason, he was a member of the famous lodge Les Neuf Sœurs from 1778 to 1784.
Although we here have compositions for two instruments, Clément, probably echoing the warning6 of J.PH Rameau’s Pièces de Clavecin en concerts published in 1741, considers that the harpsichord is worth two voices, and consequently that his sonatas are trio pieces. These sonatas are, to my taste, not only a musical peak, but most certainly the last important opus that remained to be presented to the public.