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Jean-Philippe Rameau


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    Les Boréades, RCT 31, Acte IV, Scène IV: Entrée pour les Muses, les Zéphyres, les Saisons, les Heures et les Arts - Teodor Currentzis
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    Suite en Mi, Deuxieme livre: X. Tambourin - Alexander Paley
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    La naissance d'Osiris: Premier et deuxieme tambourin - Capella Savaria, Mary Terey-Smith
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    Les Indes galantes, RCT 44, Nouvelle entrée, Les sauvages, Scène VI: Chaconne - Teodor Currentzis
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    Rameau: Gavotte variée - Vanessa Wagner
The great French theoretician who synthesized the current rules of harmonic practice and suggested others in Traité de l'Harmonie ("Treatise on Harmony") (1723) and Nouveau Système de Musique Théorique ("New System of Musical Theory") (1726) -- works that are studied by composers to this day.
Rameau was a bold experimenter in harmony and a master of orchestration who introduced new effects (e.g., storm scenes), especially in the choruses of his "operas" (heroic pastorales, allegoric ballet, fêtes -- not opera as we think of it now). The finest of these are Les Indes galantes (1739) and Zoroastre (1749). His harpsichord pieces are exquisite miniature studies in harmonic and evocative invention. ~ Blue Gene Tyranny, Rovi



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