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(1632 - 1687).  Italian-born French composer.  As a youth, his musical talents took him to Paris, where he became a fixture in the musical activities at the court of King Louis XIV.  He took on a musical post as composer for the "Sun King" and his legendary theatrical and ballet spectacles.

Referred to as the father of French opera, his collaboration with Moliere resulted in numerous comedy-ballets.  His tragedies-lyriques became very popular, portions of which were widely circulated in printed editions.  His development of the French Ouverture greatly influenced other European composers.
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steven - 22 Sep 2009
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