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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: Amadis

“Amadis” is a music tragedy by Jean-Baptiste Lully based on a famous chivalric novel by Garci Rodrigez de Montalvo named “Amadis de Gaula”. It was staged for the first time in January 1684 . It was the first music tragedy … 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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Mercure Galant: Messenger of the Past – January Divertissements 1680

Esteemed Readers, here is another note from the Mercure Galant telling about January feast, taken on occasion of an ordinary Carnival before the Lenten period. The Opera is as always the most preferable pleasure: “…It’s time to tell you about … Continue reading

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At King’s Service: André Campra

André Campra (1660-1744), perhaps, is not as famous as Jean-Baptiste Lully or Jean-Phillipe Rameau, a genius of Louis XV’s time. However, he made much for the French opera to be in blossom, and he played a very significant role in … Continue reading

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