Willent-Bordogni, Jean Baptiste Joseph



Born in Douai; studied in Paris under Delcambre and became a bassoon-virtuoso. He played in London at the Italian Opera and in Paris at the Italian Theatre. With his wife, who was Bordogni's daughter, he traveled in America and elsewhere, and then settled for a time in Brussels, where he taught in the Conservatory. In 1848 was appointed bassoon teacher in the Paris Conservatory. Willent has composed a number of pieces for bassoon, for bassoon and clarinet, bassoon and oboe, and produced two operas, Le Moine, and Van Dyck.