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Jean-Philippe Rameau
Jean-Philippe Rameau, by Jacques André Joseph Aved, 1728

Jean-Philippe Rameau (birth date 9/25/1863 – death date 9/12/1764) was one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the 18th century and is also considered the leading French composer for the harpsichord of his time.

Rameau Traite de l’harmonie
Title page of the Treatise on Harmony

Little is known about Rameau's early years, and it was not until the 1720s that he won fame with his music with 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.

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. He is also known as an important music theorist by writing many books on the matter.

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