Lemoyne, Jean Baptiste


Real name Jean Babtiste Moyne. He was born at Eymet, Perigord, France, in 1751. He began his career as a conductor of small provincial theatres. After study in Berlin under Grun and Kirnberger, he composed a storm chorus for an old opera while in Berlin that won him recognition, and he became chapelmaster to Frederick the Great. In 1775 he produced an opera in Warsaw, then toured France and Italy and finally returned to Paris in 1788. His compositions, especially his operas were successful.