Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Born: June 28, 1712   Died: July 2, 1778   Country: Canton of Geneva   Period: Classical
Rousseau is clearly more noted as a philosopher and writer than as a composer. He had a direct influence, however, on the development of French comic opera and melodrama. Early operas were completely unsuccessful but "intermedie Le devin du Village" in 1752 was quite popular adding to the "comique" flavor. His "Pygmalion" (1770) was a spoken drama with background music very much a part of melodramatic history. Read more Compositions by Rousseau also included over fifty motets, songs and instrumental works including two symphonies. Rousseau also had a profound influence on the development of Romantic music through his writings expressing the enigmatic view, at the time, that music should express feeling as only writing could express thought. Read less
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    Places Of The Spirit: Music And Images Inspired By The Berkshires
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 851 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaelic Traditional,  Toru Takemitsu,  Peter Schickele,  Leon Kirchner  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Robison,  Cyro Baptista
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    A French Baroque Diva / Carolyn Sampson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68035 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Lacoste,  Michel-Richard de Lalande,  Jean-Jacques Rousseau,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Carolyn Sampson
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
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    Icon: Nicolai Gedda - Lyric Poet of the Tenor Voice
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56095 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina,  Ottorino Respighi,  Francesco Maria Veracini,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Gerald Moore,  Jan Eyron,  Aldo Ciccolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lonya Kolbouss,  Robert Stolz,  Willy Mattes,  Willi Boskovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Men's Chorus,  Balalaika Orchestra,  Graunke Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Rousseau: Le Devin Du Village / Reize, Et Al
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777260 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Conductor:  Andreas Reize
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Firmus
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    Quentin De La Tour - Musical Portraits
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45667 Release Date: 08/23/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Jean Barričre,  Antoine Forqueray,  Jacques Duphly  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Baumont
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