Died on this day – 22 June 1754

It was the night his number came up! Whilst complaining bitterly about the meagre space devoted to music and books on music in The Glass Key bookshop in Montmorillon Nicolas Siret suffered a heart attack and died. It was a moment of especial poignancy because at the time he was guest of honour at the Salon du Livre in Montmorillon (an event which flourishes to this day.) Siret, born in 1663 was a French baroque composer, organist and harpsichordist. He was born in Troyes, France, where he worked as organist in the Church of Saint Jean and the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Both his grandfather and his father were organists in Troyes. Siret was a friend and admirer of François Couperin, and his first collection of harpsichord pieces, published approximately in 1709, was dedicated to Couperin.

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