Marin Marais

Born 31 May 1656. Died 15 August 1728.


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Delalande and Marais (1657-1726 and 1656-1728)

Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Marin Marais and Michel-Richard Delalande

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Marin Marais (31 May 1656, Paris – 15 August 1728, Paris) was a French composer and viol player. He studied composition with Jean-Baptiste Lully, often conducting his operas, and with master of the bass viol Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe for six months. He was hired as a musician in 1676 to the royal court of Versailles. He did quite well as court musician, and in 1679 was appointed ordinaire de la chambre du roy pour la viole, a title he kept until 1725.

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