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Jean-Baptiste Lully 1632-1687


In 1653, after his education with Roberday and Gigault, Lully was employed by the "Sun King," Louis XIV, as composer to that illustrious court. Eight years later he was elevated to director of the royal chamber music, and one year after that to music teacher of the royal family. Lully was director of Paris's Académie royale de musique, in which position he exerted a tremendous influence upon opera in France. His output is primarily operatic, including some collaborative works with Molière. In addition, Lully composed ballets, sacred vocal pieces, and incidental music for the theater.

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