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Sheet music for Jean-Philippe Rameau
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).
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. Neil A. Kjos Music Company #WP42. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.WP42).
Piano Solo. Composed by Various Artists. The Library Of. Classical. Book Only. Amsco Publications #MUSAM66895. Published by Amsco Publications (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. Wise Publications #MUSAM41484. Published by Wise Publications (HL.14009841).
Solo piano - SMP Level 3 (Early Intermediate)
Level 3. By perf. Valery Lloyd-Watts. Edited by Jane Magrath. Graded Standard Repertoire; Masterworks; Piano Collection. Masterwork Classics. Baroque, Classical Period and 20th Century. Collection and examples CD. With standard notation, fingerings and introductory text (does not include words to the songs). 48 pages. Alfred Music #00-166. Published by Alfred Music (AP.166).
Solo keyboard (piano) - SMP Level 9 (Advanced)
Composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). Masterworks; Piano Collection. Dover Edition. Baroque. Collection. With standard notation and introductory text (does not include words to the songs). 144 pages. Dover Publications #06-278476. Published by Dover Publications (AP.6-278476).
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.