André Cardinal Destouches André Cardinal Destouches
André Cardinal Destouches (sometimes called des Touches) (baptised April 6, 1672 - February 7, 1749) was a French composer best known for the opéra-ballet Les éléments.
Born in Paris, the son of Étienne Cardinal, a wealthy merchant, André Cardinal was educated by Jesuits. With the Jesuit Father Guy Tachard, he went on a mission to Siam for two years, leaving in January 1687, and spending some time at the Cape of Good Hope, arriving in Siam in September. Coming back to France, in September 1688, he spent several months at the academy in the Manège royale, rue de Tournon.

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