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Rameau, Jean Philippe

Born: 1683 AD
Died: 1764 AD
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.