Paul Wood



29 Dec 2009

Gossec Symphony No. 1 for String Orchestra

Just added, Gossec Symphony No. 1 for String Orchestra - string orchestra by Gossec arr. Paul Wood (

The son of a small farmer, Gossec was born at the village of Vergnies, in Hainaut, then French, now Belgian. Showing an early taste for music, he became a choir-boy in Antwerp. He went to Paris in 1751 and was taken on by the great composer, Jean-Philippe Rameau. He followed Rameau as the conductor of a private orchestra kept by the fermier général Le Riche de La Poupelinière, a wealthy amateur and great patron of music, and became gradually determined to do something to revive the study of instrumental music in France.