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The Rameau Compendium

The Rameau Compendium

Graham Sadler
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition: NED - New edition
Published by: Boydell and Brewer,
Pages: 281
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    The Rameau Compendium
    Book Description:

    This book is the most authoritative and up-to-date source of quick reference on the Baroque composer and theorist Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), covering every significant area of his life and creative activity. In particular, the dictionary and work-list provide the reader with easy access to a wealth of cross-referenced material. The dictionary highlights recent discoveries and developments, and corrects a number of errors and misunderstandings. It includes entries on institutions, places, individuals, genres, instruments, technical terms, iconography, editions, specific works and publications, and caters for the fact that some users will be at least as interested in Rameau's theoretical writings as in his life and music. Performers too are well served by the range of entries, many of which illuminate aspects of Rameau's notation and performance practice that can prove puzzling to the non-specialist. The biographical chapter not only provides relevant factual information but also draws attention to significant patterns in Rameau's life and work. This book counters the widespread perception of the composer as a dry, irascible, unsociable individual, revealing him in a far more sympathetic light by giving due weight to hitherto little-known information. GRAHAM SADLER is Professor Emeritus at the University of Hull, Research Professor at Birmingham Conservatoire and Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He is known internationally as an authority on French music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

    eISBN: 978-1-78204-363-8
    Subjects: Music, History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-vii)
  3. List of Illustrations
    (pp. viii-viii)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. ix-xii)
    Graham Sadler

    More by accident than design, the publication of this Compendium coincides with the 250th anniversary of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s death in 1764. For all that such commemorations have their uses in focusing a spotlight on the individual concerned, there is nevertheless no need to justify the present project on those grounds alone. Interest in Rameau has increased enormously during the past fifty years. His operas are no longer regarded as peripheral by performers but are increasingly staged in the world’s major opera houses and festivals. His keyboard and other chamber music has established itself in the mainstream of the French Baroque...

  5. Biography
    (pp. 1-14)

    With tongue firmly in cheek, Sir William Walton once advised all sensitive young composers to die by the age of thirty-seven (New York Times, 4 June 1939); in so doing, they would escape the ‘critical damnation’ of failing to live up to their early promise. Happily, Rameau was not around to heed this advice. By that age he had composed little more than one slender volume of keyboard pieces and a handful of motets and cantatas; nor had he published a word of the forty or so theoretical writings that between them were to transform the way in which the...

  6. Dictionary
    (pp. 15-223)
  7. Works
    (pp. 224-240)
  8. Bibliography
    (pp. 241-270)
  9. Back Matter
    (pp. 271-271)