Personalities | Marin Marais | Late Baroque | Classical
(Ma-ran’ Ma-ra’) 1656–1728
French composer and viol player
Marais was a pupil of Sainte-Colombe (1691– 1701). He was associated with the Académie Royale de Musique and the French court for most of his life. Marais’ idiomatic and expressive viol playing won him European renown. Between 1686 and 1725 he published five collections of pièces de violes; the first was dedicated to Lully, his mentor. They contain over 500 works of which three tombeaux, character pieces and others with a programmatic element, are striking for their expressive variety. The most celebrated and successful of his operas was Alcyone (1706), whose atmospheric tempest scene was greatly admired and widely imitated.
Pièces de Viole, book 5, Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen, Kaori Uemura (Accent)
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