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The Sun King

Episode 11 of 30

The Sun King: How English composer John Dunstable's music travelled to the Burgundy court. James Naughtie on history shaping classical music. Episode 11 of 30.

James Naughtie presents a series chronicling the historical influences that affected the course of classical music.

11/30. The Sun King

Jean-Baptiste Lully, despite his reputation as a notorious libertine, became the composer to Louis XIV. His music, used in extravagant court dances and spectacles, helped to establish the Sun King's image as a divine monarch.

Read by Laurence Fox and Benedict Cumberbatch.

15 minutes