Jean‐Philippe Rameau

French composer of the Baroque era. Born 25 September 1683. Died 12 September 1764
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
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1683-09-25
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Jean‐Philippe Rameau

Jean‐Philippe Rameau Biography (BBC)

Jean-Philippe Rameau was aged 50 before his first opera, Hippolyte et Aricie, was premiered in Paris. By the time of his death 30 years later he had composed over 30 stage works, and produced around 40 works of musical theory.

Born in Dijon, Rameau held a succession of organist posts before moving permanently to Paris in 1722. In the same year his influential Traité de l'harmonie was published. During this time he was known largely as a composer of keyboard music and cantatas, but with his early operas, among them Les Indes galantes (1736) and Les fêtes d'Hébé (1739) he won a reputation for strengthening the dramatic role of music in his stage-works, displeasing the more conservative followers of Lully. After a period under the patronage of the financier La Pouplinière, Rameau won favour at the Royal Court, and was appointed a royal chamber music composer. Despite his hard-won success as an opera composer - especially in the genre of the tragédie lyrique - Rameau returned to his theoretical treatises from the 1750s, though he managed to complete two further major works, Les Paladins (1760) and Les Boréades (1763).

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Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Platee: Overture
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Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Zoroastre Overture
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Zoroastre Overture
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Overture to Nais
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Overture to Nais
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les trois mains (Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin)
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Les trois mains (Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Air vif (torture d'Alphise) from Les Boréades
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Air vif (torture d'Alphise) from Les Boréades

Air vif (torture d'Alphise) from Les Boréades

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Muti-story orchestra
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Chris Stark
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Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Dardanus Suite, 1et Air (Grave)
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Dardanus Suite, 1et Air (Grave)

Dardanus Suite, 1et Air (Grave)

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Muti-story orchestra
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Chris Stark
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Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Dardanus (suites)
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Dardanus (suites)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Concert en sextuor no. 3 in A major/minor (Tambourins I & II)
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Concert en sextuor no. 3 in A major/minor (Tambourins I & II)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les Indes galantes (Chaconne)
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Les Indes galantes (Chaconne)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les Boreades - Act 4 - Entree de Polymnie
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Les Boreades - Act 4 - Entree de Polymnie
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
L'Egyptienne (Concert en sextuor no.6)
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L'Egyptienne (Concert en sextuor no.6)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les Indes galantes (Overture)
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Les Indes galantes (Overture)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Suite No.1 in A minor
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Suite No.1 in A minor
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
La Poule (Nouvelles suites de Clavecin)
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La Poule (Nouvelles suites de Clavecin)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Suite from Platee (Junon jalouse) - comedie-lyrique in three acts (1745)
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Suite from Platee (Junon jalouse) - comedie-lyrique in three acts (1745)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Dardanus - scene 2 - Prologue
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Dardanus - scene 2 - Prologue
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Fanfarinette (Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin)
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Fanfarinette (Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Platee: Overture
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Platee: Overture
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Forets paisibles (Les Indes Galantes)
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Forets paisibles (Les Indes Galantes)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
La Poule from Concert en sextuor for strings no. 6 in G minor
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La Poule from Concert en sextuor for strings no. 6 in G minor
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Dardanus (Tambourins 1 and 2)
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Dardanus (Tambourins 1 and 2)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
La Poule (Concert en sextuor No 6 in G minor)
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La Poule (Concert en sextuor No 6 in G minor)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les Tricotets (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin)
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Les Tricotets (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Chaconne (Les Indes galantes)
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Chaconne (Les Indes galantes)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Entreés pour les Muses, les Zéphyres, les Saisons, les Heures et les Arts (Les Boreades)
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Entreés pour les Muses, les Zéphyres, les Saisons, les Heures et les Arts (Les Boreades)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Chaconne (Dardanus - suite)
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Chaconne (Dardanus - suite)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Pièce de Clavecin en Concert: 'La Boucon'
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Pièce de Clavecin en Concert: 'La Boucon'
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Air des esprits infernaux (Zoroastre)
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Air des esprits infernaux (Zoroastre)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Castor et Pollux: Tristes apprets
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Castor et Pollux: Tristes apprets
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Dardanus (Prologue: Overture)
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Dardanus (Prologue: Overture)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Air de la folie: Aux langeurs d'Apollon d'Hebe (Platee)
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Air de la folie: Aux langeurs d'Apollon d'Hebe (Platee)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les Paladins (Air de furie)
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Les Paladins (Air de furie)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les Boréades - Act 4, Sc 4, Entrée de Polymnie
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Les Boréades - Act 4, Sc 4, Entrée de Polymnie
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Tristes apprêts (Castor et Pollux)
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Tristes apprêts (Castor et Pollux)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Dardanus: Prologue - Menuet tendre et rondeau; 1st & 2nd tambourins
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Dardanus: Prologue - Menuet tendre et rondeau; 1st & 2nd tambourins
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Zoroastre Suite (Overture)
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Zoroastre Suite (Overture)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les Cyclopes (Pieces de Clavecin)
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Les Cyclopes (Pieces de Clavecin)

Les Cyclopes (Pieces de Clavecin)

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Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Le rappel des oiseaux (Pieces de clavecin)
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Le rappel des oiseaux (Pieces de clavecin)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les Paladins (Air gay)
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Les Paladins (Air gay)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Hippolyte et Aricie, Act V: Chaconne
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Hippolyte et Aricie, Act V: Chaconne
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
A dance from Rameau's Les Boreades
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A dance from Rameau's Les Boreades
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les Boreades Acts 3,4 and 5
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Les Boreades Acts 3,4 and 5
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les Boreades Acts 1 and 2
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Les Boreades Acts 1 and 2
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
L'Amour est le dieu de la paix (Anacréon)
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L'Amour est le dieu de la paix (Anacréon)
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