from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Rameau, Jean Philippe 1683-1764. French composer and music theorist known for his treatise on harmony (1722) and his ballets and operas, including Castor et Pollux (1737).
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- proper n. A surname of French origin. Widely known as the surname of the French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764).
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- n. French composer of operas whose writings laid the foundation for the modern theory of harmony (1683-1764)
While the Gewandhaus compelled us to find novelty in the familiar, English National Opera has tried to breathe life into the nearly unknown: namely Rameau, in the form of his tragedy Castor and Pollux, with an outstanding cast and reasonable chorus, conducted boisterously by the young baroque expert Christian Curnyn.
I always hear his beautiful voice, which was like music, but such music as I dream of, and not such as Rameau has composed ...
Here Poussin's genius freed of all restraint can only be compared to that of great musicians such as Rameau or Gluck.
Opera "Platée" is a comic opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau, under the musical direction of René Jacobs.
The French baroque has been largely ignored, with productions of works by Rameau, Lully and Charpentier few and far between.
It's 14 years since the Royal Opera staged Platée at the Barbican, the last time a major British opera company mounted a production of a Rameau opera.
To spend energies on Rameau or similar – Charpentier is rumoured to be in the pipeline – seems rash.
All these things can be found quite easily outside the opera house, and Rameau would have fared far better without.
Rameau is also thankful for the opportunities music afforded him including attending top schools and performing great repertoire all over the world, but mostly for "the opportunity to pass the benefits of music on to the next generation" through his work with AMP.
"For the kids, they always tell me that the best part of the performing is the recognition and applause from the audience afterwards," Rameau tells me.
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