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Tibor Gyapjas


The name Philidor, by which members of the family became known, stemmed from the great-grandfather of François-André Danican Philidor, Michel Danican, an oboist in the service of King Louis XIII, who compared his skill in playing to that of the famous contemporary Italian oboist Filidori. The name ‘Danican’ was a French version of the Scottish ‘Duncan’, an indication of the earlier origins of the family. Michel Danican’s son Jean, the grandfather of François-André, enjoyed a career as an oboist and composer, serving in the first capacity in the Royal Musketeers and then as a player of the crumhorn and tromba marina in the Grande Ecurie. From 1659 he was oboiste et fifre de chambre in the same royal establishment. His son André, father of François-André, also served as a player of the crumhorn and tromba marina in the Grande Ecurie, and from 1667 to 1677 was an oboist in the Royal Musketeers. He played in the first performance of Molière’s Le bourgeois gentilhomme in 1670, and through Lully became a member of the Académie royale de musique. He served in other capacities in the Grande Ecurie and is listed as playing the flute and bass crumhorn in the Chapel Royal. In 1683 he was appointed garde de la bibliothèque du roi and played an important part in the establishment of the royal music library and the collections of other members of the royal family and aristocracy. From 1690 to 1716 he served as a player of the crumhorn and

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