French composer pianist, born in 1760 and died in 1848. He learned otherwise only the harp and violin, and studied without teacher composition. At the age of seventeen he went to Paris to teach music. He made friends with Gluck, who commissioned him to arrange several pieces of his operas for piano. In 1797 he was appointed Professor at the Conservatoire, who served until shortly before his death. In 1829 the Government appointed him member of the Legion of Honor. It is no longer a method for piano, that large number of editions have been made.