Nicolas Chédeville

Born: 20th February 1705

Died: 6th August 1782

Birthplace: Serez, Normandy, France

Nicolas Chédeville was a French composer, musette player and musette maker. La Borde called him "the most celebrated musette player France had ever had", though he mistakenly held the opinion that he was dead by 1780, two years before he met his end. He taught the musette to Princess Victoire from about 1750, and became a popular teacher among the aristocracy, eventually attaining the title of maître de musette de Mesdames de France. He was also a musette maker, and extended the instrument's compass in the bass down to c' (middle C).

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