Philippe Beaussant

French writer and musicologist

1930   -   2016

country of citizenship: France
native language: French
languages spoken, written or signed: French
occupation: musicologist, writer, screenwriter
award received: Knight of the Legion of Honour, Knight of the National Order of Merit, Officier des Arts et des Lettres‎, Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française, Prix de la langue française, Prix Pelléas, prix Montaigne de Bordeaux, Eugène Carrière Prize, Prix Charles Blanc, Prix Ève Delacroix, bourse Goncourt de la biographie, Culture and Library for All award
position held: president, seat 36 of the Académie française

Philippe Beaussant (6 May 1930 – 8 May 2016) was a French musicologist and novelist, an expert on French baroque music, on which he has published widely. He was the founder of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, of which he was the artistic adviser of 1987 to 1996. He has also been a producer of musical programs for Radio France since 1974. His biography of Jean-Baptiste Lully, Lully ou le musicien du soleil (Éditions Gallimard, 1992), was the basis of the film Le Roi Danse (2000).Beaussant won the 1993 Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française for his novel Héloïse. He was elected to seat 36 of the Académie française on 15 November 2007.
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