Jacques Hotteterre "Le Romain" was one of the 6 children of Martin Hotteterre (d.1712) and Marie Crespy. Martin was himself one of the two sons of Jean Hotteterre I (d.c.1691) and Marguerite Delalande. Jacques's grandfather Jean I and his two brothers, Nicolas I (d.1693) and Louis I (d.1669) were the sons of Loys de Haulteterre (d.c.1625) and Jehanne Gabriel.
The details of Hotteterre's life are sketchy. He was the son of Martin Hotteterre and Marie Crespy, born in Paris on 29 September 1674. He may have have held a post in the royal music as basse de hautbois et basse de violon, perhaps as early as 1689, and officially from 1692--or perhaps the "Jacques Hotteterre" named in this post was a relative of the same name, previously employed at the English court.
The significance of the nickname "le Romain" has recently (Franci, 2002) been illuminated by the revelation that Jacques lived in Rome early in his career and spent two years (1698-1700) on the payroll of Prince Francesco Ruspoili, one of the era's most powerful Roman merchants, before adopting the moniker some time between 1705 and 1707. By 1708, according to the title page of his Pi&ces pour la flÃ»te traversi&re, he was "flÃ»te de la Chambre du Roy". In 1717 he inherited, conditional on payment of a very large fee, Ren Ú Pignon Descoteaux's position as "JouÃ«ur de Fluste de la musique de chambre". Jacques appears to have been a fashionable teacher of aristocratic amateurs, perhaps with an international reputation, due partly perhaps to his method book of 1707 for flute, recorder and oboe, which was reprinted, translated and plagiarized in subsequent decades. His L'Art de pr Úluder sur la flÃ»te traversi&re (1719) is a rare document of the manner in which preludes and practice studies could be improvised.
Jacques composed two books of pieces (suites) for flute and continuo, a book of trio sonatas (two flutes and bass), and three suites for two unaccompanied flutes or other instruments. He was noted as a participant in court performances in 1720 and 1721, and in 1743 was included in a list of the most famous musicians in France. He married Marie Genevi&ve Charpentier on 31 March 1728; the couple had six children.
© 1997, Ardal Powell
1. Méthode pour la musette, Op 10: Bourrée d'Achille
2. Suite in B flat major for recorder & basso continuo, Op 2
3. Premier Livre de Pièces, Op 2: Echos, pour la flute traversiè suele
4. Trio sonata in C major for 2 oboes & basso continuo, Op 3
5. Méthode pour la musette, Op 10: La Pharaonne
6. Méthode pour la musette, Op 10: La Petite Janeton
7. Trio sonata in D minor for 2 recorders & basso continuo, Op 3
8. Premier Livre de Pièces Op 2
9. Méthode pour la musette, Op 10: Quitte la musette
10. Méthode pour la musette, Op 10: Marche des dragons
11. Premier Livre de Pièces, Op 2: Suite in E minor
12. Méthode pour la musette, Op 10: Musette de Mr. Clerambault
13. Méthode pour la musette, Op 10: Le Badaut
14. Deuxi éme Livre de Piéces, for flute, continuo & other instruments, Op 5: Suite in E minor
15. Airs et Brunettes
16. Méthode pour la musette, Op 10: Prélude et la Régence
17. Méthode pour la musette, Op 10: Tres Beaux Yeux ma Nicole
18. Deuxi Suite de Pièces for 2 flutes (or other instruments)
19. Deuxiéme Livre de Pièces, for flute, continuo & other instruments, Op 5: Suite sonata in C major
20. Méthode pour la musette, Op 10: Rigaudons
21. L'Art de préluder, Op 7: Prélude, for recorder
22. L'Art de préluder, Op 7: Prélude, for Transverse Flute
23. L'Art de préluder, Op 7: Prélude, for oboe
24. L'Art de préluder, Op 7: Prélude, for soprano Viola da gamba
25. Airs et Brunettes: Brunette, "l'autre jour ma Cloris"
26. Airs et Brunettes: Air de Mr Lambert "Goutons un doux repos"