Meyer, Jacques. (1737–1819)
Huit Divertissements pour la Harpe, avec Violon et Basse. Dédiés à Mlle Savalate par Philippe Jacques Meyer. Oeuvre VI.
Paris: Chez l'auteur et Chez Naderman [Gravés par Madame Annereau]. .
Oblong folio (25 x 18 cm.). Engraved. 12; 8 pp., including parts for Violon/Basse and Harp (complete). Very clean and crisp copies, lower edge trimmed just to within the plate but without losses and otherwise in fine condition throughout. Rare. 3 copies recorded by Worldcat.
In "Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Harpists: A Bio-critical Sourcebook" (Wenonah Milton Gove, pp. 194 - 196), Jacques Meyer is credited with the development of the three-pedal harp. From his 1761 first solo appearance at the Concert Spirituel in Paris, he achieved "a fame that also helped establish him as a teacher and composer of note." His opera "Apollon et Daphne" was "so highly acclaimed, that Meyer was hailed as the 'young Gluck'" and his fame "also brought him to the attention of Voltaire, who agreed to work with him on a serious opera," which did not come to fruition because of Voltaire's death shortly thereafter. Leopold Mozart is known to have visited with him while in Paris.