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Jean-Philippe Rameau

Jean-Philippe Rameau (French: [ʒɑ̃filip ʁamo]; (1683-09-25)25 September 1683 – (1764-09-12)12 September 1764) was one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the 18th century. He replaced Jean-Baptiste Lully as the dominant composer of French opera and is also considered the leading French composer for the harpsichord of his time, alongside François Couperin.

Little is known about Rameau's early years. It was not until the 1720s that he won fame as a major theorist of music with his Treatise on Harmony (1722) and also in the following years as a composer of masterpieces for the harpsichord, which circulated throughout Europe. He was almost 50 before he embarked on the operatic career on which his reputation chiefly rests today. His debut, Hippolyte et Aricie (1733), caused a great stir and was fiercely attacked by the supporters of Lully's style of music for its revolutionary use of harmony. Nevertheless, Rameau's pre-eminence in the field of French opera was soon acknowledged, and he was later attacked as an "establishment" composer by those who favoured Italian opera during the controversy known as the Querelle des Bouffons in the 1750s. Rameau's music had gone out of fashion by the end of the 18th century, and it was not until the 20th that serious efforts were made to revive it. Today, he enjoys renewed appreciation with performances and recordings of his music ever more frequent.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1683 (Dijon), Died September 12th, 1764 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-8943 12-in. 5/11/1910 Moment musicale Fritz Kreisler Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-10811 12-in. 7/20/1911 Rossignols amoureux Alma Gluck Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-11316 10-in. 11/28/1911 Vents furieux Emma Eames Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-14646 10-in. 3/30/1914 Rustic dance Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-20097 10-in. 6/26/1917 Musette Efrem Zimbalist Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-24729 10-in. 12/14/1920 Gavotte Ada Sassoli Harp solo composer  
Victor B-28806 10-in. 10/29/1923 Rigaudons et tambourine Wanda Landowska Harpsichord solo composer  
Victor B-30932 10-in. 9/24/1924 Tambourin Jascha Heifetz Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-31640 10-in. 6/11/1925 Tambourin Shura Cherkassky Piano solo composer  
Victor B-31640 10-in. 1/9/1925 Tambourin Shura Cherkassky Piano solo composer  
Victor BVE-32526 10-in. 4/20/1925 Tambourin Guiomar Novaës Piano solo composer  
Victor BVE-32872 10-in. 6/5/1925 Fundamentals of musical development Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-35382 10-in. 5/8/1926 Le tambourin Wanda Landowska Harpsichord solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-55387 10-in. 9/5/1929 Will o' the wisp (Rondo) Bruno Reibold ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-83160 10-in. 6/1/1934 Capriccio Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor CS-87204 12-in. 12/26/1934 Célèbre menuet Marietta Bitter ; Sadah Schuhari Violin and harp duet composer  
Victor BS-010042 10-in. 5/24/1937 La Timide Georges Barrère ; Horace Britt ; Carlos Salzedo Flute, cello, and harp composer  
Victor BS-010043 10-in. 5/24/1937 La pantomime Georges Barrère ; Horace Britt ; Carlos Salzedo Flute, cello, and harp composer  
Victor BS-010044 10-in. 5/24/1937 La cupis Georges Barrère ; Horace Britt ; Carlos Salzedo Flute, cello, and harp composer  
Victor BS-010045 10-in. 5/24/1937 Tambourins Georges Barrère ; Horace Britt ; Carlos Salzedo Flute, cello, and harp composer  
Columbia 6625 12-in. approximately 1915 Platée-Menuet Hamilton Harty ; W. H. Squire Cello solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick E15783-E15784 10-in. 5/21/1925 Rondeau Lewis Richards Harpsichord solo composer  
Brunswick E18713-E18715 10-in. 4/8/1926 Rondeau Lewis Richards Harpsichord solo composer  
Gramophone Bb983 10-in. 2/7/1922 Tambourin Jacques Thibaud Violin solo composer  
Gramophone 5994h 10-in. 1908 Rigadon de Dardanus Orchestre symphonique du Gramophone Orchestra composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rameau, Jean-Philippe," accessed August 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101856.

Rameau, Jean-Philippe. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101856.

"Rameau, Jean-Philippe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101856

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