Marin Marais

Biography

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: Alcione - Suites / Savall, Le Concert Des Nations
Release Date: 04/08/2014   Label: Alia Vox  
Catalog: 9903   Number of Discs: 1
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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  ... 
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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  ... 
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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
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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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    A Piacere - Music For Viola Da Gamba / Fahmi Alqhai, Pedro Estevan,  Arcangel
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 33202 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaspar Sanz,  Santiago de Murcia,  Fahmi Alqhai,  Jean de Sainte-Colombe  ... 
    Performer:  Fahmi Alqhai,  Pablo Martin Caminero,  Augustin Diassera,  Pedro Estevan  ... 
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    La Bellezza - Die Schonheit
    Label: Amati   Catalog: 2505 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolas Hotman,  Jean de Sainte-Colombe,  Marin Marais,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Dietmar Berger
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    L'univers De Marin Marais
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 13026 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais,  Louis d Caix d'Hervelois,  Machy (Demachy),  Jean-Baptiste Forqueray  ... 
    Performer:  Jakob David Rattinger,  Rosario Conte
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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  ... 
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    Grand Tour
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 1002 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Dario Castello,  Alessandro Stradella,  Biagio Marini,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
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    The Expressive Voice Of The Flute
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 21222 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Howard Blake,  William Lloyd Webber  ... 
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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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  • 15.
    Marin Marais: Images
    Label: Outhere Music   Catalog: 1205 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Mieneke [Viola da Gamba] van der Velden,  Fred Jacobs
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    Hommage A Louis Cahuzac
    Label: Maguelone   Catalog: 111125 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Cahuzac,  Marin Marais,  Béla Kovács,  Serban Nichifor  ... 
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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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    Label: Vivat   Catalog: 102 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin,  Marin Marais,  Jean de Sainte-Colombe
    Performer:  Lynda Sayce,  Marianne Beate Kielland,  Carolyn Sampson,  Robert King
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Consort
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    La Gamme Et Autres Morceaux De Simphonie
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 434 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais,  Antoine Forqueray
    Performer:  Trio Sonnerie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonnerie Trio
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  • 20.
    Voyages - Reisen
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 12016 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Friedrich Abel,  Marin Marais,  Jean-Baptiste Forqueray,  Machy (Demachy)  ... 
    Performer:  Jakob David Rattinger
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  • 21.
    Marin Marais: Folies
    Label: Flora   Catalog: 2511 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  François Guerrier,  Eduardo Egüez
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  • 22.
    Baroque Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2579 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Pachelbel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  David Daniels,  Chiara Bianchini,  Janet See,  Andrew Lawrence-King  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Roger Norrington,  Andrew Parrott,  Richard Hickox  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort,  Concerto Cologne  ... 
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  • 23.
    Concentus Musicus In Concert (Live At The Holland Festival 1973)
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 662119 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien
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  • 24.
    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  ... 
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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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