Robert Ballard (lutenist)

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Robert Ballard (c.1572 or 1575 – after 1650) was a prominent French lutenist and composer.[1] Probably born in Paris, his father, Robert Ballard Senior (c.1527–1588) was the head of the well-known music publishers "Le Roy & Ballard", founded in 1551 with cousin Adrian Le Roy (a notable virtuoso lutenist and composer of the period).[2]

From 1612 he entered the service of the French Regent Maria de Medici and was tutor to the young King Louis XIII, becoming a lutenist and composer ("Musicien ordinaire du roi") at the royal court in 1618.[3] He published two books of lute works: Premier Livre de tablature de luth (1611) and Diverses Pièces mises sur le luth (1614).


  1. ^ "French National Library" (in French). 2004-06-28. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  2. ^ Classical Archives "Adrian Le Roy" by Robert Cummings (All Music Guide).
  3. ^ Online Encyclopedia Ballard.

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