Category Archives: ballet

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Ballet du Temps (1654)

“Le Ballet du Temps” (1654) is the first official Court work of the kind composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully. It was performed for the first time on 3rd December 1654 in the Louvre. Besides His Majesty, it was mostly danced by … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

“Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” is a brilliant comedy-ballet, a fruit of two genii, Moliére & Jean-Baptiste Lully. The first performance took place October 14, 1670 in  Château of Chambord. Decorations were made by Carlo Vigarani, costumes were inspired by Chevalier d’Arvieux. … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Triomphe de l’Amour

“Le Triomphe de l’Amour/The Triumph of Love” is another sublime opera-ballet by Jean-Baptiste Lully, staged for the first time at St. Germain en Laye, 21st January, 1681 on occasion of arriving to the Court Marie-Anne-Christine-Victoire de Baviére, the Grand Dauphine’s … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Gavotte

Gavotte is a folk French dance, which became popular at Louis XIV’s Court. It has become an important part of baller programs & ordinary entertainments.  I present you, Esteemed Readers, a version by Jean-Baptiste Lully for wind instruments. It is … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully in Jazz

Esteemed Readers, I have suddenly discovered this pretty curious jazz performance of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s music. This piece “Air tendre” from his Suite in E Minor demonstrates how much his style of the past is connected with Bossa Nova…Well, I’m not  … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Air Pour Madame la Dauphine

Esteemed Readers, I would like to present you this wonderful piece of string music made by Jean-Baptiste Lully. This air makes a part of his profound work named “Idylle sur le Paix” (1685), created in a close collaboration with Jean … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Ballet des Arts (1663)

On the 8th January 1663 a wonderful ballet by Jean-Baptiste Lully (libretto by Mr. Benserade) was danced in Palais Royal at the presence of two queens (the queen-mother & Maria Theresa, Louis XIV’s wife).  Besides the king, the whole Court … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Armide (1686)

‘Armide’ must be one of the most famous operas by Jean-Baptiste Lully. It is considered to be a true masterpiece recognized by the musicians of future generations. The period when J.-B. Lully was making it was very tense for him. … Continue reading

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Marche des mousquetaires 1658

Early music compositions by Jean-Baptiste Lully are mostly connected with ballets & theatre performances; however some footprints of instrumental music yet can be discovered. The set of Marches 1658 composed for hautboys & tambours reveal us Lully-s unique music signature … Continue reading

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Reflection of the Past: Jean-Baptiste Lully

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), Louis XIV’s first composer of the Court, the superintendent of the Royal music & a master of the French Baroque, was born in Florence, Toscana. He belonged to a simple family, so his youth until 14th years … Continue reading

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