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Jean-Baptiste Lully

November 28, 1632 - March 22, 1687
born in Florence, Italy, composed during the Baroque period
Clearly the most successful musician of his time, in terms of power and financial wealth, Jean-Baptiste Lully was almost singularly responsible for the shape of French opera during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Born Italian, he died a wealthy Frenchman at the early age of 54. Although most remembered for his opera compositions, he was also a talented violinist and dancer. His business sense and, some say, unscrupulous manner, made him one of the most powerful musicians in all of France, if not Europe. His patron and friend King Louis XIV further cemented Lully's position at the top of Europe's musical elite. Lully's operas remain his legacy, but he also composed over 30 ballets, motets, incidental music, dances, and marches.

Lully was born the son of a miller who lost custody of him after his mother died. While in his early teenage years, Lully was taken to France by the Chevalier de Guise in March 1646. He served as a musician and page in Mlle de Montpensier's court until she was exiled, in 1652, to her estate at St. Targeau for her role in the Fronde. During his service with the Montepensier court, Lully was schooled in guitar, violin, and dance. His talents brought him to the attention of the young King Louis XIV. After his release from the Montepensier court, Lully joined the King's court, as a composer and dancer. He became the leader of a small string ensemble formed by the King. Lully's prestige at the court, as well as throughout France, grew even more when he was appointed the Superintendent of Music and subsequently, the Master of Music for the Royal Family.

When Lully began composing opera in the 1670s, Italy was the center of great opera. Opera in France was in its infancy. Lully's operas, which were based on Italian models but with French libretto, helped popularize the art form. He composed one a year between 1673 and 1680, and then again between 1682 and 1686. Besides being the premier opera composer in Paris at the time, Lully ensured his exalted position by securing patent rights which would ultimately allow him to determine what opera could be performed and severely limiting performances of operas he himself had not approved of. These patent rights, obtained from librettist Pierre Perrin who had been jailed for debt problems, were for the sole right to form the Royal Academy of Music. Lully bargained with Perrin for those rights, paying off his debts and providing him with a lifetime stipend. Lully formed the Royal Academie in March 1672. A year later, in April 1673, restrictions were passed that limited productions performed outside of the academie's auspices to no more than two singers and six players.

Lully was naturalized a French citizen in December 1661. On July 24, 1662, he married the daughter of his mentor and royal chief musician, Michel Lambert. King Louis XIV attended Lully's wedding to Madeleine Lambert and became the godfather of their eldest son. In 1681, Lully was granted Lettres de Noblesse and named one of the Secretaires du Roi. During a performance celebrating the recovery of the King from an illness, Lully accidentally hit his foot with his conducting staff. An infection resulted, and it ultimately killed him. When Lully died in 1687, he left his wife, six children, and an estate with an estimated value of 800,000 livres, a value more than 500 times the annual salary of an average court musician. ~ Bruce Lundgren, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bellerophon

Disc 1
Title: Bellérophon, Opera, LWV 57
Disc 2
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Track List: Lully - Atys

Disc 1
Title: Atys, Opera, LWV 53
Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: Lully - Ballet Music for the Sun King / Mary Enid Haines · Aradia Baroque Ensemble · Kevin Mallon

Title: Le bourgeois gentilhomme, comédie-ballet, LWV 43
Title: Alcidiane, ballet, LWV 9
Title: Xerxès, ballet (for F. Cavalli's "Serse"), LWV 12
Title: Amour malade (L'Amor malato), ballet, LWV 8
Title: Les temps, ballet, LWV 1
Title: Divertissement (for first day of Les plaisirs de l'Ile enchantée), LWV 22/1-4
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Track List: Lully: Grand Motets Vol. 3 / Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel

Title: Les Noces De Village, Ballet, LWV 19
Title: O Dulcissime Domine, Motet For 3 Voices & Continuo, LWV 77/9
Title: Natus In Judæa Deus, Motet For Double Chorus & Orchestra, LWV 77/17
Title: Laudate Pueri Dominum, Motet For 3 Voices & Continuo, LWV 77/7
Title: Benedictus, Motet For Double Chorus & Orchestra, LWV 64/2
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Track List: Lully: L'Orchestre du Roi Soleil

Title: Le bourgeois gentilhomme, comédie-ballet, LWV 43
Title: Le Grand Divertissement Royal De Versailles, Divertissement/comedie, LWV 38
Title: Alceste, Ou Le Triomphe D'Alcide, Opera, LWV 50
Title: L' Amour Médecin, Comédie-ballet, LWV 29
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Track List: Lully: Ou le musicien du soleil, Vol. 3

Title: Airs (4) Pour Le Carrousel De Monseigneur, For Orchestra, LWV 72
Title: Divertissement (for first day of Les plaisirs de l'Ile enchantée), LWV 22/1-4
Title: La Grotte De Versailles, Églogue En Musique, LWV 39

Comments

sacredfun6
A new favorite along with Corelli and Bach...
I sure wish I could learn how to listen to baroque music, but I guess I just don't have the IT skills to operate this website. Edward Pastore, 85 year old retard.
Uplifting music that combines the grandeur of Handel with the wit of Corelli.
I agree with Anderson. Lully est peut etre le compositeur je prefere sur tous.
This is my favorite classical composer following W. A. Mozart.
Lully makes me want to leave this world for one of more romance and elegance. It's a part of a world we lack now. Our common bonds between the Baroque and modern eras seem to be war and deceit.
Merveilleux.
ravenangel.n e v e r m o r e
Love to play his music on the cello!
zakter
Just discovered Lully.
Absolutely love Lully. His music is the best example of 17th century baroque music.
if u have the patience, really delightfull music. i also like de lalande who may be more profound. lully was the french handel of his day. try the cd: 'music for the king's suppers.' unless i am confusing that with de lalande. some say that french music from louis 14th never attained the angst and beauty of same era german or english music. probably true but very polished and charming with hints of melancholy. (whoops - am i describing a wine?) one does want to get up and danser. harvey c**ming
hey what can i say, i'm going for baroque.
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louis.xiv
Greatest 17th Century French composer
who is this guy?

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