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Lully's Religious Works

Stephen Johnson explores Lully's surviving religious works and finds a composer remarkably attuned to the opportunities and pitfalls of combining theatre and church in music.

They say that Louis XIV was 'occupied constantly with the idea of grandeur'. Given this starting-point, Lully as court composer could have been forgiven if his sacred music had overindulged in the spectacular. Stephen Johnson uncovers the subtleties of Lully's surviving religious works with Richard Egarr, director of tonight's concert, and finds a composer remarkably attuned to the opportunities and pitfalls of combining theatre and church in music.

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Composer Jeanā€Baptiste Lully

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