Rameau, Jean Philippe

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Born: Sep 25, 1683 AD
Died: 1764 AD, at 80 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Composers, Musicians


1683 – He was born on the 25th day of September this year.

 

1706 - He published his earliest known compositions on this year: the harpsichord works that make up his first book of Pièces de clavecin.

 

1709 - He moved back to Dijon on this year to take over his father's job as organist in the main church, followed by similar posts in Lyon and Clermont.

 

1722 - He returned to Paris on this year where he published his most important work of music theory, Traité de l'harmonie (Treatise on Harmony).

 

1724 - He also published two more collections of harpsichord pieces in this year.

 

1726 – He married on this year the 19-year old Marie-Louise Mangot.

 

1732 - He had been inspired to try his hand at the prestigious genre of tragédie en musique after seeing Montéclair's Jephté in this year.

 

1733 – His Hippolyte et Aricie, premiered at the Académie Royale de Musique on the 1st day of October of this year.

 

1745 – He received three commissions from the court on this year, for works to celebrate the French victory at the Battle of Fontenoy and the marriage of the Dauphin to a Spanish princess

 

1750 - He criticized Rousseau's contributions to the musical articles in the Encyclopédie on this year, which led him into a quarrel with the leading philosophes d'Alembert and Diderot.

 

1752 – He was a major participant in the second great quarrel, which erupted over Rameau's work, the so-called Querelle des Bouffons of this year.

 

1753 – He made the acquaintance of the powerful financier La Pouplinière who became his patron on this year.

 

1760 - He was still able to write another comic opera Les Paladins in this year.

 

1764 – He died on the 12th day of September on this year, after suffering from a fever. He was buried in the church of St. Eustache, Paris the following day.

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