Le baroque français

The French Baroque (1650–1750)

France was a late arrival to the Baroque revolution, initially imported from Italy before a certain Lully (himself an Italian transplant) reclaimed it with the active support of the Sun King. A distinctive French style then came into focus and produced such 'Made in France' genres as the petit motet, the grand motet, the air de cour, and an array of musical works for the stage which—having been 'resurrected' by William Christie in the late 1980s—have since become firmly ensconced at the opera house. This repertoire forms the core of the harmonia mundi catalogue: heralded by Lully, M.-A. Charpentier, de Lalande, Couperin, and Rameau; championed by Christie, Herreweghe, Daucé, and many others.

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