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Opera and lyrical music
Sheet music for Jean-Philippe Rameau
Solo piano - SMP Level 4 (Intermediate)
Edited by James Bastien. Solo collection. Bastien's Older Beginner Piano Library. Baroque, Classical Period and 20th Century. Collection. With standard notation, fingerings, introductory text and black & white photos (does not include words to the songs). 159 pages. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.WP42).
Piano - Elementary
Celebration Series. Composed by The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. This edition: 2015 edition. Celebration Series. The Piano Repertoire books provide a representative collection of pieces from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and contemporary style periods. These volumes are the ultimate resource for examinations, recitals, festivals, competitions, auditions, and per. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century and 21st century. Book. 40 pages. Published by The Frederick Harris Music Company (FH.C5R02).
Piano Solo. Composed by Various. Music Sales America. Classical. Softcover. 352 pages. Music Sales #AM66895. Published by Music Sales (HL.14019046).
Piano - SMP Level 4 (Intermediate)
Music for Millions Series. Edited by Denes Agay. Music for Millions Series - Volume 17. Classical. Collection (softcover). With standard notation, introductory text and fingerings (does not include words to the songs). 160 pages. Music Sales #AM41484. Published by Music Sales (HL.14009841).
Edited by Amy Appleby. Piano Treasury Series. Over 200 great masterpieces from the baroque, classical, romantic and modern eras. Classical. Softcover collection and examples CD. With easy piano notation, fingerings and introductory text (does not include words to the songs). 400 pages. Music Sales #AM986359. Published by Music Sales (HL.14025521).
Piano - SMP Level 6 (Late Intermediate)
Music for Millions Series. Composed by Various. Edited by Denes Agay. Arranged by Denes Agay. Music Sales America. Baroque, Classical Period and 20th Century. Collection (softcover). With fingerings (does not include words to the songs). 160 pages. Music Sales #AM41617. Published by Music Sales (HL.14016140).
Numerous harpsichord pieces and many operas, including Hippolyte et Aricie, Castor et Pollux, Le Temple de la gloire, Les Paladins, and Les Indes galants.
His birth date is uncertain, but he was baptized 25 September 1683.
Rameau began his musical career as an organist, but for a long time was best known as a theorist. His Treatise on Harmony was one of the most infulential works of the 18th century.
Rameau didn’t begin composing operas until he was into his fifties. Hippolyte et Aricie was his first attempt, and though it later became very successful, the Parisians (who were naturally suspicious of music written by a theorist rather than a practical composer) found the music far to wild and violent for their tastes. It was toned down to accomodate them.
He became very sucessful as an operatic composer, and was an important player in the so-called War of the Buffonists which sprang up in Paris after a performance of Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona. The conflict dropped off after the successful perfomance of an Italian opera which was actually written by a Frenchman.
Rameau’s output is small if measured in total number of works, but when one considers that he didn’t begin a serious career in composition until his life was more than half over, the amount of actual music is astounding.