He spent two years (1698-1700) in the employ of Prince Francesco Ruspoili in Rome, before adopting the nickname of "Le Romain" at some point between 1705 and 1707. By 1708, he became a musician to the king of France, in the king's 'Grande Écurie, and in 1717, he inherited René Pignon Descoteaux's post as Jouëur de Fluste de la musique de chambre By 1743, he was listed among the most famous musicians in France. Hotteterre owed his fame largely to his talent playing the flute, an instrument for which he wrote a number of pieces, significantly extending the repertory for the instrument. In addition, he played the bassoon, oboe, and musette. Jacque-Martin Hotteterre was also an internationally celebrated teacher to aristocratic patrons, and he wrote a few methods for the transverse flute.
His L'Art de préluder sur la flûte traversière (1719) is an excellent source on ornamentation and improvisational practices during this period. It underscores his highly developed technique and includes pieces in nineteen keys. In addition to performance and teaching, Hotteterre continued his family's tradition of wind instrument making. It may have been Hotteterre who made a number of changes in the design of the transverse flute. Most notably, the flute.
which had previously been made in one cylindrical piece, was cut in three pieces: the head (with the mouthpiece), the body (with most of the holes) and the foot (with several holes). Hotteterre is also given credit with developing the Baroque oboe, leading to its use in works by Jean-Baptiste Lully and Henry Purcell. He died in Paris in 1763. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques-Martin_Hotteterre Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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