Michel-Richard Delalande (1657-1726) is another enchanting music spirit of Louis XIV’s time. He was a true virtuoso of mottetti and his music always created a special mood at Royal’s meals. Michel Delalande even composed a set of pieces titled “Music for King’s Suppers’.
Delalande was born in a huge family (14 more children besides him). His father was a tailor and he decided a brilliant music future of his son. A young Michel sang in the chapel Saint Germain l’Auxerrois, then he became a violinist and an organist. He composed plenty of religious pieces of music for various instruments. Later he becames a teacher of clavecins for Louis XIV’s daughters, Louise-Françoise de Bourbon and Marie-Françoise de Bourbon, and it gave him a chance to get a good promotion. Rather soon he held numerous important posts and fulfilled his music duty with diligence until the end of his life.
Michel Delande’s heritage is enormous, while the spirit of his music is rather special. It has some pretty charm and tenderness, reminding of green Versailles gardens and pleasant sounds of fountains and of the Royal milieu, of course. He was a witness of great time and managed to wrote his testimony with notes.
Vive le Roy! 🙂