Marin Marais


Born: May 31, 1656; France   Died: Aug 15, 1728; France   Period: Baroque
Marais was the preeminent bass viol player in turn-of-the-seventeenth century France. Although he composed four operas, he is primarily remembered for his some 600 compositions for various combinations of bass viols. These works were in the French tradition of collections of various pieces, rather than the Italian concertos and sonatas. The collections, ranging from seven to 41 pieces each, consist primarily of dances, fantasies, chaconnes, Read more rondeaux, tombeaux, and pièces de caractère. These last are short, colorful works including descriptive titles such as Les voix humaines and Cloche ou carillon. There is even one work that is meant to describe an operation for the removal of a bladder stone. Marais intended these pieces to be played on any instruments, but they are in fact idiomatically suited for the bass viol and represent the finest collection of pieces for that instrument. Among Marais' numerous other compositions, his Pieces en trio pour les flûtes, violon, et dessus de viole (Trios for flute, violin and highest viol) of 1692 was the first published set of trio sonatas in France.
Marais spent his entire life in Paris. Little is known of his childhood other than his having studied with Sainte-Colombe, the most prominent violist and teacher at the time. In 1679, he became the "Regular Violist for the King," a position he held until his retirement in 1725. Marais also studied composition with Lully and subsequently worked with him throughout his career as a violist in his ensemble. Lully probably encouraged Marais to compose his four operas, Alcide (1693), Ariane et Bacchus (1696), Alcione (1706), and Sémélé (1709). All four are rather typical five-act tragedies very much in Lully's style, and seemed to have been considerably successful, Alcione being staged as late as 1771. It is as the greatest and most important composer for the bass viol, however, that Marais is remembered today. Read less
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  • 1.
    James Galway: The Complete Rca Album Collection [71 CDs & 2 DVDs]
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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    A Solo / Paolo Pandolfo
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 30403 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paolo Pandolfo,  Diego Ortiz,  William Corkine,  Tobias Hume  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Pandolfo
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    L'Oiseau-Lyre - The Baroque Era
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002072902 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  William Boyce,  John Blow,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Libby Crabtree,  Michael George,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Joshua Rifkin,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Westminster Abbey School Choristers Choir,  New London Consort Orchestra  ... 
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    Six Transcriptions / Francis Colpron
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2677 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Marin Marais,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Francis Colpron
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    Music for Viola da Gamba / Wenzinger, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002027302 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Orlando Gibbons,  Henry Purcell,  Marin Marais,  Louis Couperin  ... 
    Performer:  Hannelore Muller,  August Wenzinger,  Fritz Neumeyer,  Josef Ulsamer  ... 
    Conductor:  August Wenzinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Viol Consort,  Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
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    Marais: Alcione - Suites / Savall, Le Concert Des Nations
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9903 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
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    Marais: Pieces de Viole Book 5 / Zipperling, Wauters, Belder
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94646 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Rainer Zipperling,  Ghislaine Wauters,  Pieter-Jan Belder
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    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    BBC Legends - Great Recordings from the Archive
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5113 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Beryl Hatt,  Agnes Giebel,  Joyce Barker,  Kerstin Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Arturo Toscanini,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orpington Junior Singers,  Goldsmiths' Choral Union  ... 
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    Music Of The French Baroque / Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100395 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Dieupart,  Robert de Visée,  Nicolas Chédeville,  Antoine Forqueray  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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    La Musique De Watteau - The Music Lesson
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 5908535 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Marin Marais,  François Couperin  ... 
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Graciela Oddone,  Juan Manuel Quintana,  Dolores Costoyas  ... 
    Conductor:  Gottfried Von der Goltz,  René Jacobs,  Paul Goodwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  London Oboe Band
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    Domenico Cimarosa: Requiem
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 1092455 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Charles Gounod,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Valerie Gabail,  Katalin Varkonyi,  Etienne Lescroart,  Ronan Nédélec  ... 
    Conductor:  Jérémie Rhorer,  Olivier Vernet,  Joel Suhubiette,  Jean-Marc Andrieu  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre,  La Philharmonie de Chambre,  Nice Baroque Ensemble  ... 
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    Hommages  / Mieneke Van Der Velden, Glen Wilson
    Label: Ramee   Catalog: 1105 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Henri D'Anglebert,  Marin Marais,  Charles Dollé,  Antoine Forqueray  ... 
    Performer:  Mieneke Van der Velden,  Glen Wilson
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    Chanson Dans La Nuit / Jitka Hosprova, Katerina Englichova
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4089 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Performer:  Jitka Hosprová,  Katerina Englichova
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    Dialogues En Francais / Scully, Minnetti
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1321 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugène Bozza,  Charles Gounod,  Jean Françaix,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Performer:  Bernhard Scully,  Joanne Minnetti
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    Australian In Paris
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4764837 Release Date: 03/06/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais,  Claude Debussy,  Spoken Word,  Charles Aznavour  ... 
    Performer:  Jane Rutter,  David Mibus,  Peter Jacob,  Sally Schinkel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sean O'Boyle
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    Dennis Brain - A Tribute
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5065 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Performer:  Dennis Brain,  Denis Matthews,  Gerald Moore
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Dennis Brain Ensemble
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    A French Soiree / Trio Settecento
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  François Couperin,  Marin Marais,  Jean-Féry Rebel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Settecento
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    The Historical Archives - Rudolf Barshai Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9010 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Performer:  Timofei Dokshitser,  John Lill,  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Mark Reshetin  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
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    Marais: La Voix De La Voile / Ruiz Martinez, La Bellemont
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93806 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert de Visée,  Marin Marais,  Angelo Michele Bartolotti,  Gaspard Le Roux
    Performer:  Sara Ruiz Martinez,  Rafael Muñoz,  Laura Puerto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Bellemont
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    Marais: Pieces De Viole / Savall, Koopman, Smith, Coin, Gallet
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9872 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Hopkinson Smith,  Jordi Savall,  Ton Koopman,  Christophe Coin  ... 
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  • 22.
    Canti / Mario Caroli, Keiko Nakayama
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33860 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giulio Caccini,  Claude Debussy,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Caroli,  Keiko Nakayama
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    Oboe Collection / Robin Canter
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 22 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda,  Antonio Pasculli,  Thomas Attwood Walmisley,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Burnett,  Robin Canter,  Melvyn Tan,  Anthony Pleeth
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  • 24.
    111 More Classic Tracks [6-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001483202 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Maurice André,  Stefan Askenase,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Karel Ancerl,  Hans Stadlmair,  John Nelson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Marais: Trios Pour Le Coucher Du Roy / Pierlot, Ricercar Consort
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 298 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
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