Michel Paul Guy de Chabanon wrote poetry, elogies (notably that of Rameau), plays (including the tragedy of Éponine) and translations (adjudged by the 19th century Dictionnaire Bouillet as having "little fidelity [to the original text], but not lacking in elegance and facility").
He was the author of an opera, Sémélé, tragédie lyrique, and of several works on music theory, of which the most valued are his commentaries on music in the work of Aristotle . His double identity as a writer and a musician gave him a unique viewpoint on the links between music and language and in developing a philosophy of music of which his work was the expression. He also contributed to defining opera as a musical genre.
^"Such was Chabanon, who was in the Académie française and Académie des inscriptions, who played the violin very well, and who for a long while was second violin in the concert des amateurs, of which Saint-George was leader – François-Joseph Fétis, Revue musicale [archive : XIXe siècle, Published by F. J. Fétis, Paris, 1829.