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Joseph Touchemoulin

born in 1727 in Châlon-sur-Saône, Bourgogne, France

died on 25/10/1801 in Regensburg, Bayern, Germany

Joseph Touchemoulin

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Joseph Touchemoulin (23 October 1727 – 25 October 1801) was a French violinist and composer of the classical period who mainly worked in Bonn and Regensburg.


Born in Chalon-sur-Saône, Joseph Touchemoulin, the son of the town's oboist Louis Touchemoulin and his wife Jeanne Roulot, had been employed as a violinist at the court of the elector of Cologne of Bavaria in Bonn from a very early age. This enabled him to study in Italy, where he was taught by Giuseppe Tartini who was also the one who inspired Touchemoulin to develop his compositional skills. He returned to Bonn in 1753, where his salary was augmented by 1,000 fl. in March 1753. The following year, one of his symphonies was performed successfully at the Paris Concert Spirituel on 15 August. On 4 February 1761, he was appointed maître de chapelle in Bonn, instead of the more senior singer Ludwig van Beethoven (1712–1773), the grandfather of the composer of the same name, contrary to customary practice. But only two days later the Elector died. The halving of the musician's salaries by his successor Maximilian Friedrich von Königsegg-Rothenfels prompted Touchemoulin to resign and to take up a position at the court of the princes of Thurn and Taxis in Regensburg that same year, which he retained until the end of his life - first as violinist (as a colleague of František Xaver Pokorný), then as princely Kapellmeister after the death of Joseph Riepel in 1782.

He died in Regensburg on 25 October 1801 where his tombstone is preserved in the Saint Emmeram's Abbey.[1][2]


Touchemoulin composed 18 symphonies and five violin concertos.[3] Only few of his works were printed, and his work was forgotten after his death. Many manuscripts are scattered throughout European and American music libraries. The most extensive collection is held in the Thurn und Taxis Library in Regensburg.

The following works have been assigned to Touchemoulin without a doubt.

  • 6 symphonies, Op. 1, Bonn Symphonies (Paris 1754)
    1. Sinfonia in E flat major (Allegro - Andante - Presto)
    2. Sinfonia in G major (Allegro assai - Andante - Presto)
    3. Sinfonia in F major (Allegro - Andante - Presto)
    4. Sinfonia in D major (Allegro assai - Andante - Presto)
    5. Sinfonia in F major (Allegro - Andante - Presto)
    6. Sinfonia in C major (Allegro moderato - Andante - Presto)
  • 12 symphonies
  • 5 violin concertos (In the foreword of the first two concertos, Op. 2 (1775), he describes himself as "disciple of the famous Tartini".)
  • harpsichord concerto
  • flute concerto
  • Divertimento per la tavola di S. A. S. il Principe della Torre e chassis for 13 instruments
  • string quartet
  • 4 sonatas for violin and b. c.
  • I furori di Orlando, Dramma semigiocoso, Regensburg 1777
  • Music for Annette and Lubin (A. Blaise)
  • Missa solemnis in G minor for soloists, choir and orchestra
  • some smaller instrumental and vocal works

All his operas are lost:[3]

  • Annette et Lubin, of which the libretto remains
  • Der rasende Roland
  • Il vote

CD recordings

  • Concertos & Symphonies (Ramée 0807)
  • Alexis Kossenko - Flauto traverso, Daniel Sepec - violin, Les inventions, Patrick Ayrton - harpsichord and conductor
  • Sinfonia F major op. 1 No. 5 (Allegro-Andante-Presto)
  • Sinfonia G major op. 1 No. 2 (Allegro assai-Andante-Presto)
  • Violin Concerto in D major (Allegro moderato-Adagio-Presto)
  • Flute Concerto in A major (Allegro-Largo-Presto)
  • Harpsichord Concerto in C major (Allegro ma non molto-Andantino-Tempo di Menuetto)
  • Sonata No. 3 B flat major for violin and basso continuo (Ars Burgundiae AB 001/01)
  • Helen Fouchères - Violin; Marion Middenway - Violoncello, Patrick Ayrton - Harpsichord
  • The Six Bonn Symphonies op. 1 (University of Bonn 2002)
  • Capella academia, Walter L. Mik - Management
  • Music at the University of Bonn (University of Bonn 1997)
  • Collegium musicum, Walter L. Mik - Management
    • includes: Symphony No. 17 D major (approx. 1790)
  • Italian Baroque Concerts (Koch München 1988)
  • Paul Meisen - flute, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Helmut Müller-Brühl - conductor
    • includes: flute concerto A major
  • Court music by the Prince of Thurn und Taxis (LP, Polydor International GmbH 1980)

Eberhard Kraus, harpsichord; includes: Chaconne D major


  1. ^ La tombe de Joseph Touchemoulin
  2. ^ Joseph Touchemoulin (1727-1801), un musicien bourguignon retrouvé, article by Patrick Ayrton appeared in the journal Images de Saône-et-Loire n° 160 December 2009 (pages 20 to 24).
  3. ^ a b Baker, Theodore; Slonimsky, Nicolas (1990). Dictionnaire biographique des musiciens; Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. Bouquins (in French). 3. Translated by Marie-Stella Pâris. Paris: Éditions Robert Laffont. p. 4263. ISBN 2-221-07778-4. 

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