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
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  • 51.
    Paris - Istanbul - Shanghai
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 523 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Turkish Traditional,  Gan Guo,  Emek Evci,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Performer:  Joël Grare,  Véronica Votti,  Claire Lefilliatre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ensemble Paris Istanbul Shanghai,  Ensemble de Tambours Provencaux
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  • 52.
    Marais: Les Folies D'espagne, Etc / Müller, Ensemble Spirale
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 60801 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Marianne Muller,  Claire Antonini,  Sylvia Abramowicz,  Violaine Cochard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Spirale
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  • 53.
    Canticum Canticorum / Les Voix Baroques
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2503 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  John Dunstable,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
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  • 54.
    Works For Two And Three Viols / Hantai, Uemura
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 82082 Release Date: 01/13/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Matthew Locke,  François Couperin,  Jean de Sainte-Colombe,  Christopher Simpson  ... 
    Performer:  Kaori Uemura,  Jérôme Hantaï,  Pierre Hantaï,  Alix Verzier
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  • 55.
    Musique Pour Le Chambre Du Roy / Coin, Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 436185 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Michel Monteclair,  Marin Marais,  Jean-Marie Leclair,  François Couperin  ... 
    Performer:  Judith Nelson,  Christophe Coin,  Monica Huggett
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 56.
    Marais: La Folia, Etc / Purcell Quartet
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55235 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Catherine Mackintosh,  Richard Boothby,  William Hunt,  Robert Woolley  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
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  • 57.
    Esprit De Suite / Marie & Sophie Hallynck
    Label: Fuga Libera   Catalog: 519 Release Date: 09/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Tournier,  Igor Stravinsky,  Marin Marais,  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Sophie Hallynck,  Marie Hallynck
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  • 58.
    De Lalande: Leçons De Ténèbres / Isabelle Desrochers
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8913 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais,  Michel Richard Delalande,  Robert de Visée,  François Couperin
    Performer:  Mauricio Buraglia,  Pierre Trocellier,  Nima Ben David,  Isabelle Desrochers
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  • 59.
    Clérambault: Pièces De Clavecin / Kenneth Gilbert
    Label: Dg 3d Classics   Catalog: 431709 Release Date: 05/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault,  Jean-Henri D'Anglebert,  Gaspard Le Roux,  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert
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  • 60.
    Marais, Haydn: Suites & Sonatas / Sampson, Shapiro
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 83114 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Tobias Hume,  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Susanne Shapiro,  Peggie Sampson
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  • 61.
    La Flute À Versailles / Grafenauer, Engelhard
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426713 Release Date: 03/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Marie Leclair,  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier,  François Couperin,  Michel Blavet  ... 
    Performer:  Brigitte Engelhard,  Klaus Stoll,  Jörg Baumann,  Irena Grafenauer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Duo
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  • 62.
    Marais: Suite D'un Goût Etranger / Savall, Hantaï, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9851 Release Date: 01/16/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Pierre Hantaï,  Pedro Estevan,  Philippe Pierlot  ... 
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  • 63.
    Marais: Sémélé / Kuijken, Montreal Baroque
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22527 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Conductor:  Wieland Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Baroque Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Marais: Pièces à Trois Violes / Kuijken, Les Voix Humaines
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22374 Release Date: 08/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Eric Milnes,  Nigel North,  Margaret Little,  Wieland Kuijken  ... 
    Conductor:  Wieland Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
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  • 65.
    Marais: Suites Pour Viole De Gambe / Quintana, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1955248 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Attilio Cremonesi,  Juan Manuel Quintana,  Dolores Costoyas
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  • 66.
    Les Plaisirs Les Plus Chamants / Gordon Ferries
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34011 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Corbetta,  Robert de Visée,  Henri Grenerin,  Rémy Médard  ... 
    Performer:  Gordon Ferries
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  • 67.
    Baroque Adventure - The Quest For Arundo Donax / Tafelmusik
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 298323 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  André Danican Philidor,  Louis Couperin,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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  • 68.
    Simpson: The Seasons Vol 1 / Watillon, Heumann, Et Al
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 88 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Simpson,  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Matthias Spaeter,  Brian Franklin,  Luca Guglielmi,  Sophie Watillon  ... 
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  • 69.
    18th Century Chamber Music / Berliner Barock Trio
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3220 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Hotteterre,  Christoph Schaffrath,  Johann Joachim Quantz,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Performer:  Matthias Wilke,  Horst Krause
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Baroque Trio
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  • 70.
    Du temps & de l'instant / Savall, Figueras, Savall, et al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9841 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tarquinio Merula,  Jordi Savall,  Traditional,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Arianna Savall,  Ferran Savall,  Montserrat Figueras  ... 
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  • 71.
    Du temps & de l'instant / Savall, Figueras, Savall, et al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9841 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tarquinio Merula,  Jordi Savall,  Traditional,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Performer:  Pedro Estevan,  Montserrat Figueras,  Arianna Savall,  Ferran Savall  ... 
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  • 72.
    Les Grandes Eaux Musicales De Versailles / Savall, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9842 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais,  François Couperin,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Pierre Danican Philidor  ... 
    Performer:  Christophe Coin,  Jordi Savall
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
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  • 73.
    Savinien Cyrano De Bergerac / Lazar, Bolton, Perrot
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 78 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean de Sainte-Colombe,  Marin Marais,  Giovanni Kapsberger,  John Playford
    Performer:  Florence Bolton,  Benjamin Perrot,  Benjamin Lazar
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  • 74.
    The Trio Sonata - Lully, Couperin, Etc / London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1465 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Nicolas Geoffroy,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Louis Couperin,  François Couperin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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  • 75.
    Solo Viola Da Gamba / John Dornenburg
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2713 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  August Kühnel,  Jean de Sainte-Colombe,  Marin Marais,  Karl Friedrich Abel  ... 
    Performer:  John Dornenburg
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