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The lure and legacy of music at Versailles : Louis XIV and the Aix school

John Hajdu Heyer (Author)
"Louis XIV and his court at Versailles had a profound influence on music in France and throughout Europe. In 1660 Louis visited Aix-en-Provence, a trip that resulted in political and cultural transformations throughout the region. Soon thereafter Aix became an important center of sacred music composition, eventually rivaling Paris for the quality of the composers it produced. John Hajdu Heyer documents the young king's visit and examines how he and his court deployed sacred music to enhance the royal image and secure the loyalty of the populace. Exploring the circle of composers at Aix, Heyer provides the most up-to-date and complete biographies in English of nine key figures, including Guillaume Poitevin, Andre; Campra, Jean Gilles, François Estienne, and Antoine Blanchard. The book goes on to reveal how the history of political power in the region was reflected through church music, and how musicians were affected by contemporary events."--Publisher description
Print Book, English, 2014
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2014
Criticism, interpretation, etc
xxii, 277 pages : illustrations, music ; 26 cm
9780521519885, 0521519888
pt. 1. Rendezvous in Provence. The winter of 1660 : Louis XIV and the royal court visit Provence ; A choirboy and his king : the early life of Guillaume Poitevin
pt. 2. The Aix school : a legacy of Maîtres. Guillaume Poitevin : maître of Saint-Sauveur ; André Campra : an extraordinary career ; Jean Gilles : an independent spirit ; The "petits maîtres"
Antoine Blanchard : the eighteenth-century master
pt. 3. The lure and legacy. The lure of music at Versailles and the Île-de-France ; Patronage and the provençal networks ; The legacy of the Aix school