Jean Pierre Rampal, 78, an internationally renowned French flutist who has been credited with returning to flute the popularity as a solo classical instrument it had not held since the 18th century, died May 20 in Paris after a heart attack.
Mr. Rampal made annual tours of this country, appearing at summer music festivals and recital halls. He played solos and was guest conductor of many leading U.S. orchestras. He often appeared at and conducted Washington's National Symphony Orchestra.
He had long performed and recorded with two of his closest friends, Isaac Stern and Mstislav Rostopovich. Over the years, he had helped form such chamber music groups as the French Wind Quintet and the Baroque Ensemble of Paris. He also had formed a duo with the pianist-harpsichordist John Steele Ritter and had performed with all these groups for years. Over the years, Mr. Rampal also had been a flute soloist with the Paris Opera Orchestra and a professor at the Paris Conservatory.
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