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Giovanni Battista Lulli (Lully Jean Baptiste)

Born: 1632 AD
Died: 1687 AD, at 54 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Composers


1632 - Born in Florence on the 28th of November.

1646 - He was discovered by the Duke of Guise and taken to France by him, where he entered the services of Mademoiselle de Montpensier as a scullery-boy.

1653 - He came into Louis XIV's service.

1660 - Lully composed many ballets for the King, in which the King and Lully himself danced.

1664 - He also had tremendous success composing the music for the comedies of Molière, including Le Marriage forcé.

1665 - L'Amour médecin.

1670 - Le Bourgeois gentilhomme.

1681 - Lully was appointed as a court secretary to Louis XIV and was ennobled, after which he wrote his name "Jean Baptiste de Lully" and was addressed as "Monsieur de Lully".

1685 - He felt confident enough to flaunt his relationship with Brunet, his young page from La Chapelle. Although his life is full of meteoric heights, his love affairs with boys and women brought him down in scandal several times to the great displeasure of Louis XIV and led to his renown as a sodomite.

1687 - On the 8th of January, Lully was conducting a Te Deum in honor of Louis XIV's recent recovery from illness.

         - The wound turned gangrenous, but Lully refused to have his toe amputated and the gangrene spread resulting in his death on the 22nd of March. He left his last opera, Achille et Polyxène, unfinished.


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