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LULLY, Jean-Baptiste
b Florence, 29 November 1632
d Paris, 22 March 1687, aged fifty-four

He was the son of a Florentine miller. At fourteen he became valet de chambre to Mlle de Montpensier, cousin of the Chevalier de Guise. Between his arrival in France and 1652 he studied composition; then he left de Montpensier for the court, where he made his mark not only as a musician but also as a dancer. He became a favourite of Louis XIV, producing for him a stream of ballets - usually in collaboration with Moliere - until 1671. He became a naturalised Frenchman in 1661 and married in 1662. His association with Moliere ended when Lully pressed the king to award him a series of patents which gave him complete monopoly and domination of the Parisian theatre. While conducting a Te Deum to celebrate the king's recovery from a serious illness, he stabbed a cane into his foot, and died from the subsequent infection.

1658 (26)

fp Ballets d'Alcidiane

1659 (27)

fp Ballets de la raillerie

1660 (28)

fp Ballet de Xerxes

1661 (29)

fp Ballet de l'impatience fp Ballet des saisons fp Ballet de l'Ercole amante

1663 (31)

fp Ballets des arts

fp Ballets des noces de village

1664 (32)

fp Ballet des amours deguisés

fp Le mariage force, comedy ballet

fp La Princesse d'Elide, comedy ballet

fp Entr'actes for Corneille's Oedipe

Miserere, concert setting of 'Miserere mei Deus', psalm

1665 (33)

fp La Naissance de Venus, ballet

fp Ballet des Nardes

fp L'amour médecin, comedy ballet

1666 (34)

fp Ballet des Muses

fp Le triomphe de Bacchus dans les Indes, ballet

1667 (35)

fp Le Sicilien, comedy ballet

1668 (36)

fp Le Carnaval, ou Mascarade de Versailles, ballet

fp Georges Dandin, comedy ballet

fp Plaude Laetare, motet

1669 (37)

fp Ballet de Flore

fp Monsieur de Pourceaugnac, comedy ballet

1670 (38)

fp Les amants magnifiques, comedy ballet

fp Le bourgeois gentilhomme, comedy ballet

1671 (39)

fp Ballet des ballets

fp Psyche, tragi-comedy

1673 (41)

fp Cadmus et Hermione, opera

1674 (42)

fp Alceste, ou le triomphe d'Alcide, opera

1675 (43)

fp Thesee, opera

1676 (44)

fp Atys, opera

1677 (45)

fp Isis, opera

fp Te Deum

1678 (46)

fp Psyche, opera

1679 (47)

fp Bellerophon, opera

1680 (48)

fp Prosperine, opera

1681 (49)

fp Le triomphe de l'amour, ballet

1682 (50)

fp Persee, opera

1683 (51)

fp Phaeton, opera

fp De Profundis

1684 (52)

fp Amadis de Gaule, opera

fp Motets for two choirs

1685 (53)

fp Roland, opera

fp Le temple de la paix, ballet

1686 (54)

fp Armide et Renaud, opera

fp Acis et Galathee, opera

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