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
Marais: Greatest Masterworks
Release Date: 01/28/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550750   Number of Discs: 1
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    Viole en bourrasque / Biordi
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7783 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean de Sainte-Colombe,  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Paolo Biordi
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    Marias: Jeux d'harmonie / Rasi
    Label: Alfi Records   Catalog: 37061 Release Date: 01/27/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Alberto Rasi
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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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    Sonatas & Suites / Laurin, Paradiso, Marincic
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2185 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolas Chédeville,  Anne Danican Philidor,  Charles Dieupart,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Performer:  Dan Laurin,  Anna Paradiso,  Domen Marincic
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    Incantations / Quintessenz
    Label: Genuin Classics   Catalog: 16421 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Anže Rozman,  Claude Debussy,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quintessenz
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    Gaul Me Maybe: French Baroque Keyboard Music / Schlosberg
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3477 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Henri D'Anglebert,  Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Schlosberg
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    Recreation de Musique / Ensemble Amarillis
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 15033 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier,  André Chéron,  François Couperin,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Performer:  Alicja Gulcz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarillis
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    Marais: Pieces Favorites / Joubert-Caillet, L'Acheron
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 364 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  François Joubert-Caillet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
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    Per la Grazia de Bach: Bach, Marais / Martinez
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3449 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Marin Marais
    Performer:  José Louis Martinez
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  • 10.
    Best of French Baroque
    Label: Tafelmusik Media   Catalog: 1029 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik,  Tafelmusik Chamber Choir
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    Comedie et Tragedie - Lully, Marais, Rebel / Tempesta di Mare
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 805 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Jean-Féry Rebel,  Marin Marais
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempesta di Mare
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    Le Parnasse Français / Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 415298 Release Date: 12/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Féry Rebel,  Jean-Marie Leclair,  François Couperin,  Michel Blavet  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    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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    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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    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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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