b Dijon, 25 September 1683
d Paris, 12 September 1764, aged eighty
His father was a church organist. Jean-Philippe was meant to be a lawyer, but he showed such promise in music that he was allowed to leave the Jesuit College of Dijon and find his own musical education in Italy. In 1702 he was organist at Avignon Cathedral, then similarly at Clermont-Ferrand. In 1706 he was in Paris making a further study of the organ, and in 1709 he took over his father's post as organist at Dijon. In 1713 he went to Lyons to organise the musical celebrations of the Treaty of Utrecht, returning to Paris in 1722. After 1749 he wrote nothing of importance.
p Harpsichord Works, Book I
p Harpsichord Works, Book II
Hippolyte et Aricie, opera
Les Indes galantes, opera-ballet
Castor et Pollux, opera-ballet
Les Fêtes d'Hebe, ballet
p Harpsichord Works, Book III
Les Paladins, opera-ballet
Rameau composed more than twenty operas and opera-ballets, church music, chamber music, cantatas, etc.