Just like his father Dominique (ca. 1644 – 1704) and other earlier relatives, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676 – 1749) worked at the French court. From 1714 onwards, he was organist of the Maison royale St. Cyr (a military school near Versailles) and of the St. Sulpice in Paris, and the Jacobin church from 1719. During his lifetime, he was regarded as one of the greatest French organists.
His first collection of harpsichord works is entirely written in the French tradition, but in many of his other works, a mixed French-Italian influence can be found. The 25 French cantatas from 1710 – 1743 are striking. Some of these are very simple, others very dramatic and intense. Amongst his other works are sonatas for solo violin, trio sonatas, organ works and numerous motets.
Clérambaults sons César-François-Nicolas (died in 1760) and Evrard Dominique (1710 – 1790) were also both organists. The first succeeded his father and also wrote cantatas.