Famous 17th Century French Musicians

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Jean-Baptiste Lully
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Birthdate: November 28, 1632
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: March 22, 1687

Born to Italian parents, Jean-Baptiste Lully grew up to be a legendary composer who ruled the French courts. He started his journey as a violinist in Louis XIV’s band and later came to be known for his tragic operas. He had also apparently invented the French overture.

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Jean-Philippe Rameau
(Music composer and theorist)

Jean-Philippe Rameau
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Birthdate: September 25, 1683
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dijon
Died: September 12, 1764

One of the greatest French opera composers and music theorists of all time, Jean-Philippe Rameau enriched the late Baroque period with his harpsichord pieces. His organist father wanted him to pursue law, but Rameau wasn’t academically bright and had poor grammar, which made Rameau travel to Italy to study music.

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François Couperin
(Former Composer who was known as Couperin le Grand ()

François Couperin
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Birthdate: November 10, 1668
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 11, 1733
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Marc-Antoine Charpentier
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Birthdate: 1643 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 24, 1704

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Marin Marais
(Composer)

Marin Marais
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Birthdate: May 31, 1656
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 15, 1728

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Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
(Former Composer, best known as the first woman to compose an opera in France)

Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
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Birthdate: March 17, 1665
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 27, 1729

Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet De La Guerre was a French musician, harpsichordist, and composer. Born into a family of musicians and master instrument-makers, she received her initial musical training from her father. She worked as a musician in the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Following her marriage to organist Marin de La Guerre, she taught and composed music. 

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Jean-Joseph Mouret
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Birthdate: April 11, 1682
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Avignon, France
Died: December 22, 1738
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Pierre Beauchamp
(Choreographer)

Pierre Beauchamp
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Birthdate: October 30, 1631
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Versailles, France
Died: February 1, 1705

Pierre Beauchamp was a French dancer, choreographer, and composer. It is widely believed that he invented Beauchamp–Feuillet notation, a system of dance notation. He served as the director of the famous Académie Royale de Danse and later worked as a ballet master at the prestigious Paris Opera. Pierre Beauchamp played a key role in the development of baroque dance.

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Georg Muffat
(Composer)

Georg Muffat
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Birthdate: June 1, 1653
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Megève, France
Died: February 23, 1704

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Louis Couperin
(Composer)

Louis Couperin
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Birthdate: 1626 AD
Birthplace: Chaumes-en-Brie, France
Died: August 29, 1661

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Louis-Claude Daquin
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Birthdate: July 4, 1694
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 15, 1772

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Michel Richard Delalande
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Birthdate: December 15, 1657
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 18, 1726

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André Campra
(Composer)

André Campra
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Birthdate: December 4, 1660
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aix-en-Provence, France
Died: June 29, 1744

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
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Birthdate: December 23, 1689
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Thionville, France
Died: October 28, 1755

Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
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Birthdate: December 19, 1676
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 28, 1749

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Jean-Féry Rebel
(Composer and Violinist)

Jean-Féry Rebel
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Birthdate: April 18, 1666
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 2, 1747

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Claude Le Jeune
(Composer)

Claude Le Jeune
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Birthdate: 1528 AD
Birthplace: Valenciennes, France
Died: September 26, 1600

Jacques-Martin Hotteterre
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Birthdate: September 29, 1674
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 16, 1763

Jacques Champion de Chambonnières
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Birthdate: 1601 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1672 AD

Jacques Champion de Chambonnières was a French dancer, harpsichordist, and composer. Regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation, Chambonnières served as a court harpsichordist in Paris. He also taught music and played a key role in the advancement of the French harpsichord school. He also played a major role in the formation of the Couperin musical dynasty.

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Nicolas de Grigny
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Birthdate: September 8, 1672
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reims, France
Died: November 30, 1703

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Denis Gaultier
(Composer)

Denis Gaultier
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Birthdate: 1603 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: December 31, 1672

Michel Pignolet de Montéclair
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Birthdate: December 4, 1667
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Andelot-Blancheville, France
Died: September 22, 1737

André Cardinal Destouches
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Birthdate: April 6, 1672
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 7, 1749

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Jean Titelouze
(Composer)

Jean Titelouze
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Birthdate: 1562 AD
Birthplace: Saint-Omer, France
Died: October 24, 1633

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Robert Cambert
(Composer)

Robert Cambert
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Birthdate: 1628 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1677 AD