Jean Gilles


Born: January 8, 1668   Died: February 5, 1705   Country: France   Period: Baroque
Poitevin was his teacher at Cathedral of St Sauveur at Aix-en-Provence. (Poitevin also taught Campra and Blanchard.) Gilles succeeded Poitevin as the master of music at Aix-en-Provence and later appointed as the master of music at the Cathedral of St Etienne at Toulouse. In 1701 (because his fame had spread) he was offered the choral direction at Notre Dames des Doms, Avignon. The position was temporarily filled by Rameau but Gilles never vacated Read more his position at Toulouse. The "Messe de Morts," whihc was performed for the funerals of both Louis XV and Rameau, begins in the key of F-dur through the Kyrie, and the remainder is set in G-mol. This structure follows the tradition of the Gregorian modal form. Gilles compositions were described in terms of deep orchestral pathos combined with fugues worked with care. Like Lalande, Gilles' orchestras were not contingent upon the chorus which may also be an indication of Lalande's influence. Gilles superbly blended polyphony with homophony, the latter being employed for emphasis. Read less
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    Le Parnasse Francais / Goebel, Musica Antiqua Cologne
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002520002 Release Date: 07/22/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Marin Marais,  Jean-Féry Rebel,  François Couperin,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Henk Bouman,  Charles Medlam,  Alan Curtis,  Reinhard Goebel  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Cologne Vocal Ensemble,  Collegium Vocale  ... 
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    Gilles: Requiem / Herreweghe, Mellon, Crook, Chapelle Royale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501341 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Gilles
    Performer:  Agnčs Mellon,  Howard Crook,  Hervé Lamy,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
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    Lamentations - Holy Week In Provence / Cohen, Boston Camerata
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4601512 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume Bouzignac,  Jean Gilles,  Pierre Godolin,  Carpentras
    Performer:  Christopher Kale,  William Hite,  Anne Azéma,  Daniel McCabe  ... 
    Conductor:  Joel Cohen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Boston
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    Gilles: Requiem / Cohen, Azema, Nirouet, Hite, Mason
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4612602 Release Date: 05/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Gilles
    Performer:  Anne Azéma,  Patrick Mason,  William Hite,  Jean Nirouët
    Conductor:  Joel Cohen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Ensemble de Tambours Provencaux,  Aix-en-Provence Festival Chorus  ... 
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    Gilles: Requiem;  Corrette: Carillon Des Morts / Herreweghe
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 471722 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Corrette,  Jean Gilles
    Performer:  Anne Marie Rodde,  Jean Nirouët,  Martyn Hill,  Ulrich Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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