Jean-Claude Trial (13 December 1732 - 23 June 1771) was a French composer and, with Pierre Montan Berton, co-director of the Académie Royale de Musique 1767-1771, following François Francœur and François Rebel and preceding Antoine Dauvergne and Nicolas-René Joliveau. It was during his and Berton's directorship that the main hall at the Palais Royal burned down on 6 April 1763.
Trial was born in Avignon. His opera Silvie, 1765, co-written with Pierre Montan Berton, was the last pastorale héroïque to be written by French composers. He died in Paris, aged 38, shortly after the destruction of the hall.
Works, editions and recordings
- Sylvie, Fontainebleau 1765
- L'art vocal en France Marcelle Benoit - 1998 - In 1765, Silvie, the last pastorale héroïque to be written by French composers, was produced at Fontainebleau. Pierre Montan Berton and Jean-Claude Trial 22 provided the music. The last two works in this genre, however, were written by ..."