Jean-Baptiste Lully
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1632-11-28
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If Louis XIV’s long reign over France was the very model of absolutism and centralised power, the rule of Jean-Baptiste Lully over the country’s musical life, though rather shorter, was in its way no less total. For a time his ...

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If Louis XIV’s long reign over France was the very model of absolutism and centralised power, the rule of Jean-Baptiste Lully over the country’s musical life, though rather shorter, was in its way no less total. For a time his dominance as an opera composer and manager was unchallengeable, and combined with his achievement as the creator of all-sung French opera to ensure that he came to be viewed as the very embodiment of music in France.

In fact he was born in Florence, in 1632, the son of a miller. His early musical training was basic, but developed when as a teenager he was sent to Paris to be a garcon de chambre to the king’s cousin Mlle de Montpensier, and in 1653 he joined the service of the young Louis XIV as a provider of court dance entertainments in which his skills as a dancer and comedian stood him in good stead just as much as his evident ability as a composer.

His revitalisation of the king’s violin band to become a new model for orchestral standards added further lustre to his reputation, and in the early 1660s his position at the heart of the royal musical establishment as a composer of music both secular and sacred was cemented by his appointment as surintendant.

In 1664 he began a fruitful collaboration with Moliere, and together they devised a new form, the comedie-ballet, producing 10 (L’Amour medecin and Le Bourgeois gentilhomme among them) before parting company in the early 1670s.

By that time, however, Lully was on the verge of the final and most important achievement of his career. In 1672 he obtained a royal monopoly for the composition and performance of opera in French, and thus empowered he kept a ruthless check on his rivals, creating for himself a clear field at a formative period in French opera. His first tragedie en musique, Cadmus et Hermione, appeared in 1673, and a dozen more followed over the next 14 years, most composed in partnership with the librettist Philippe Quinault. So successful were they in aligning music-drama with the already-strong French classical theatre tradition that in a short time operas such as Alceste, Armide, Th‚s‚e and Amadis achieved canonic status.

The manner of his death was bizarre; in January 1687 he was directing a performance of his Te Deum by beating time on the ground with a cane, when he accidentally struck his toe. Refusing treatment for the injury, he contracted gangrene and died two months later.

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Jean-Baptiste Lully, Tempesta di Mare, Richard Stone & Gwyn Roberts
Suite from 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme'
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Suite from 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' Suite from 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' Suite from 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' Suite from 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme'
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Benoit Arnould, Vincent Dumestre, Amel Brahim-Dhjelloul, Claire Lefilliatre, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, Capella Cracoviensis, Le Poème Harmonique & Jean-Francois Lombard
Te Deum For Soloists, Chorus And Orchestra
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Te Deum For Soloists, Chorus And Orchestra Te Deum For Soloists, Chorus And Orchestra Te Deum For Soloists, Chorus And Orchestra Te Deum For Soloists, Chorus And Orchestra
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Vincent Dumestre & Le Poème Harmonique
Airs Pour Le Carrousel De Monseigneur Lwv.72
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Airs Pour Le Carrousel De Monseigneur Lwv.72 Airs Pour Le Carrousel De Monseigneur Lwv.72 Airs Pour Le Carrousel De Monseigneur Lwv.72 Airs Pour Le Carrousel De Monseigneur Lwv.72
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations
Les Vents, La Fête Infernale - 1er Air & Les Démons - 2me Air from Alceste
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Les Vents, La Fête Infernale - 1er Air & Les Démons - 2me Air from Alceste Les Vents, La Fête Infernale - 1er Air & Les Démons - 2me Air from Alceste Les Vents, La Fête Infernale - 1er Air & Les Démons - 2me Air from Alceste Les Vents, La Fête Infernale - 1er Air & Les Démons - 2me Air from Alceste
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Le Concert des Nations & Jordi Savall
Marche pour la Ceremonie Turque
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Marche pour la Ceremonie Turque Marche pour la Ceremonie Turque Marche pour la Ceremonie Turque Marche pour la Ceremonie Turque
Le Concert des Nations, Jean-Baptiste Lully & Jordi Savall
Alceste - suite; La Fete Infernale; Les Demons
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Alceste - suite; La Fete Infernale; Les Demons Alceste - suite; La Fete Infernale; Les Demons Alceste - suite; La Fete Infernale; Les Demons Alceste - suite; La Fete Infernale; Les Demons
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Le Choeur du Marais, Hugo Reyne & La Simphonie du Marais
Excerpts from Atys - opera in 5 acts
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Jean-Baptiste Lully, Le Concert des Nations & Jordi Savall
L'Amour Medecin21:03 29/05/2015, Overture
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L'Amour Medecin21:03 29/05/2015, Overture L'Amour Medecin21:03 29/05/2015, Overture L'Amour Medecin21:03 29/05/2015, Overture L'Amour Medecin21:03 29/05/2015, Overture
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Jean-Baptiste Lully & Terje Tønnesen
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite
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Le Concert des Nations, Jean-Baptiste Lully & Jordi Savall
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (LWV.43), Chaconne of the Scaramouches
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Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (LWV.43), Chaconne of the Scaramouches Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (LWV.43), Chaconne of the Scaramouches Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (LWV.43), Chaconne of the Scaramouches Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (LWV.43), Chaconne of the Scaramouches
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou
Suite from Phaeton
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Suite from Phaeton Suite from Phaeton Suite from Phaeton Suite from Phaeton
Jean-Baptiste Lully & Café Zimmermann
Phaeton - (LWV.61), Act 1; Chaconne
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Phaeton - (LWV.61), Act 1; Chaconne Phaeton - (LWV.61), Act 1; Chaconne Phaeton - (LWV.61), Act 1; Chaconne Phaeton - (LWV.61), Act 1; Chaconne
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations
Alceste - suite, 2eme Air; Les Demons
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Alceste - suite, 2eme Air; Les Demons Alceste - suite, 2eme Air; Les Demons Alceste - suite, 2eme Air; Les Demons Alceste - suite, 2eme Air; Les Demons
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Christophe Rousset & Les Talens Lyriques
Roland (Chaconne et Choeur)
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Roland (Chaconne et Choeur) Roland (Chaconne et Choeur) Roland (Chaconne et Choeur) Roland (Chaconne et Choeur)
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana & Howard Griffiths
Marche pour la ceremonie des Turcs, from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
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Marche pour la ceremonie des Turcs, from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme Marche pour la ceremonie des Turcs, from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme Marche pour la ceremonie des Turcs, from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme Marche pour la ceremonie des Turcs, from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
Jean-Baptiste Lully & Tempesta di Mare Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite
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Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite

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Tempesta di Mare Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra
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Jean-Baptiste Lully, Virginie Puchon, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre & Jean-Paul Fouchécourt
Phaeton: court of the Sun
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Phaeton: court of the Sun Phaeton: court of the Sun Phaeton: court of the Sun Phaeton: court of the Sun
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations
Alceste - suite, Rondeau pour la Fete Marine
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Alceste - suite, Rondeau pour la Fete Marine Alceste - suite, Rondeau pour la Fete Marine Alceste - suite, Rondeau pour la Fete Marine Alceste - suite, Rondeau pour la Fete Marine
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations
Alceste - Menuet
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Alceste - Menuet Alceste - Menuet Alceste - Menuet Alceste - Menuet
Jean-Baptiste Lully & Les Siècles
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite
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Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations
Alceste - tragedie lyrique in 5 acts: Act 2 sc.2; Marche en rondeau (Les Combattants)
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Alceste - tragedie lyrique in 5 acts: Act 2 sc.2; Marche en rondeau (Les Combattants) Alceste - tragedie lyrique in 5 acts: Act 2 sc.2; Marche en rondeau (Les Combattants) Alceste - tragedie lyrique in 5 acts: Act 2 sc.2; Marche en rondeau (Les Combattants) Alceste - tragedie lyrique in 5 acts: Act 2 sc.2; Marche en rondeau (Les Combattants)
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Gwyn Roberts, Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra & Richard Stone
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite
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Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - suite
Jean-Baptiste Lully, English Chamber Orchestra & Raymond Leppard
Amidis: Chaconne
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Amidis: Chaconne Amidis: Chaconne Amidis: Chaconne Amidis: Chaconne
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Musica Antiqua Köln & Reinhard Goebel
Phaëton, LWV 61 - Chaconne In G
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Phaëton, LWV 61 - Chaconne In G Phaëton, LWV 61 - Chaconne In G Phaëton, LWV 61 - Chaconne In G Phaëton, LWV 61 - Chaconne In G
Armonico Tributo Austria, Georg Muffat, Lorenz Duftschmid, Jean-Baptiste Lully & Georg Muffat
Suite for Orchestra
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Suite for Orchestra Suite for Orchestra Suite for Orchestra Suite for Orchestra
Jean-Baptiste Lully, Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations
Chaconne from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
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Chaconne from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Chaconne from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Chaconne from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Chaconne from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Gustav Leonhardt, Jean-Baptiste Lully & La Petite Bande
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - Overture
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Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - Overture Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - Overture Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - Overture Le Bourgeois gentilhomme - Overture
Christophe Rousset, Jean-Baptiste Lully & Les Talens Lyriques
Roland, Prologue;
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Roland, Prologue; Roland, Prologue; Roland, Prologue; Roland, Prologue;
Reinoud Van Mechenlen, Virginie Thomas, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Cyril Auvity, Caroline Weynants, Hasnaa Bennani, Benedicte Tauran, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Benoit Arnould, Judith van Wanroij & Pierrick Boisseau
Amadis - opera LWV.63
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Amadis - opera LWV.63

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Reinoud Van Mechenlen
Virginie Thomas
Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Cyril Auvity
Caroline Weynants
Hasnaa Bennani
Benedicte Tauran
Benoit Arnould
Judith van Wanroij
Pierrick Boisseau
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Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations & Jean-Baptiste Lully
Alceste Suite (excerpt)
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Alceste Suite (excerpt) Alceste Suite (excerpt) Alceste Suite (excerpt) Alceste Suite (excerpt)
Capriccio Barock Orchester, Jean-Baptiste Lully & Dominik Kiefer
Phaeton: Overture
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Phaeton: Overture Phaeton: Overture Phaeton: Overture Phaeton: Overture
Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall & Jean-Baptiste Lully
L' Amour medecin - comedie-ballet, Prlg; Overture (Chaconne) [G major]
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L' Amour medecin - comedie-ballet, Prlg; Overture (Chaconne) [G major] L' Amour medecin - comedie-ballet, Prlg; Overture (Chaconne) [G major] L' Amour medecin - comedie-ballet, Prlg; Overture (Chaconne) [G major] L' Amour medecin - comedie-ballet, Prlg; Overture (Chaconne) [G major]
Jean-Baptiste Lully
Phaeton - suite
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Phaeton - suite Phaeton - suite Phaeton - suite Phaeton - suite
Lully (Orchestre Armonia Atenea conducted by George Petrou)
Phaeton (BBC Proms 2014)
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Phaeton (BBC Proms 2014) Phaeton (BBC Proms 2014) Phaeton (BBC Proms 2014) Phaeton (BBC Proms 2014)
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