Claude Bénigne Balbastre

Claude Balbastre (December 8, 1724 – May 9, 1799) was a French composer, organist and harpsichordist. He was one of the most famous musicians of his time.

Balbastre's father, a church organist in Dijon, had 18 children from two marriages; Claude was the 16th. Three of his brothers were also named Claude. He received his first music lessons from his father, then became a pupil of Claude Rameau, the younger brother of Jean-Philippe Rameau, the most famous French musician at the time and also a native of Dijon.

During the French Revolution, Balbastre's connection with nobility and the royal court might have endangered his life, but adapted to the new politital situation, playing the Revolution hymns and songs on his organ. He did lose his official jobs and, temporarily, his pension. He died in Paris in 1799.

Compositions by Claude Bénigne Balbastre appear on

The Star of the Sea

Composer

A superb programme of Italian and French organ favourites designed to exploit all the resources of this justly famous Grandfather Fincham organ in St. Mary's Star-of-the-Sea, West Melbourne.

Historic Organs of the Barossa Valley, Volume 2

Composer

Volume 2 in this series of stunning performances by Christopher Dearnley and John Stiller on seven more of the historic church organs of the Barossa Valley.

Musical Portraits From the Salons of Paris

Composer

Harpsichordist Elizabeth Anderson recreates a concert from the Salons of Paris. This CD features a collection of grand and lively harpsichord 'character pieces' by composers Forqueray, Duphly and Ballbastre brought to life through Anderson's deft and accomplished playing.

Fandango

Composer

Flamboyant Spanish harpsichord music performed by harpsichordist Elizabeth Anderson; with Douglas Lawrence, organ.