Taskin, Henri Joseph



Composer and organist; born at Versailles. His mother gave him his earliest instruction, and when he was only a child he so delighted Louis XVI. by his playing and singing that he was made a page of the Chapel Royal. After studying composition and music with Madame Couperin, his aunt, he became well known as a teacher, organist and composer, writing trios for piano, cello and violin; a concerto for piano and orchestra; solo pieces for piano; a caprice for piano and violin; some songs; and three operas, which were never performed. He died in Paris.