Bach Street Performance:

Music in 18thc. FRANCE II

Jean-Phillipe Rameau was the predominant composer in France during the 18th century. His compositions include numerous opera-ballets, instrumental, and religious music. He composed extensively for the harpsichord at the beginning of his long career, publishing his earliest known composition: the first book of Pieces de clavecin, in 1706. In 1722 he published a Treatise on Harmony, that became the definitive authority on music theory, forming the foundation for instruction in western music that persists to this day.
He was almost 50 before he embarked on the operatic career on which his reputation chiefly rests today. His debut opera, Hippolyte et Aricie, 1733, caused a great stir and was fiercely attacked by the supporters of Lully’s style of music for its revolutionary use of harmony. He subsequently composed another 30 operas. Towards the end of the 18th century his music had gone out of fashion, and the first performance of his final opera, Les Boreades,1763, did not take place until the 20th century.

Chamber music


Jean-Marie Leclair,  violinist and composer of violin sonatas, concertos, and trio sonatas.

Michel Corrette, organist and composer of instrumental music, ballets, divertissements for the stage, and author of several musical method books. He composed throughout the baroque and early classical period.

Next week BEEP 10 -QUIZ 2

-Richard Webb