Personalities | Jean-Féry Rebel | Late Baroque | Classical

(Zhan Fa-re’ Re-bel’) 1666–1747
French composer

Rebel belonged to a family of court musicians. At the age of eight, his violin playing attracted the attention of Lully. From then onwards he occupied posts both at the Académie Royale de Musique and at court. Rebel’s Sonates à II et III parties, written towards the end of the seventeenth century, but not published until c. 1712, reveal his skill in blending elements of Italian and French styles. His solo violin sonatas were among the first of their kind in France. Although his one opera, Ulysse (1703), failed he was successful in choreographed symphonies de danses.

Recommended Recording:
Les élémens, Les caractères de la danse, Le tombeau de M. Lully, Les Musiciens du Louvre (dir) Marc Minkowski (Erato)

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