Synopsis by Alice Day
In the court of the Sun King, as Louis XIV was known, music had an important role. Several composers are the focus of Man and Music: Music at the Court of Louis XIV, including Jean-Baptiste Lully, who began at the court as a dancer and violinist in the mid-1600s. He became director of royal chamber music, then was promoted to director of the Paris Academie royale de musique. Michel-Richard (De) Lalande taught music to noblemen of the court, and was a principal composer of grand motets. The works of Francois Couperin are also discussed.
court [law], music