Michel Pignolet de Montéclair
Monteclair was a French composer, theorist and teacher. He, along with Fedeli, introduced the double bass to The Opera Monteclair. He was a distinguished teacher who held the belief that learning must be fun in order to be effective. He co-founded a music shop in Paris, which became the most successful of its time. Monteclair remained a bachelor throughout his life. He did not produce a great body of work, although he wrote for nearly every genre of the 18th century except keyboard. He was influential in the development of the composer Rameau and was known as one of the most eclectic composers of the generation preceeding Rameau. His stage works are characterized by very clear directions for instruments and singers, perhaps as a result of his desire to control the dramatic color of these elements. His theoretical works are concerned for the most part with the practical application of theory. His =Principes de musique= contains an important section of 18th-century French vocal ornamentation.
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Cantatas (secular) - Released December 8, 1988 | harmonia mundi
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Morality and passion, or the "cantate françoise". The cantata did not make its appearance in France until 1706, with Jean-Baptiste Morin. But the genre had already had a skilful precurseur in the person of Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, who did not wait for the 18th century before publishing (in 1695) a "scène avec récitatif". Midway between the classicism of the Grand Siècle of Louis XIV and the Italian model, the cantata was one of his favourite forms. This predominantly orchestral composer, who became famous with his opera Jephté — which made a deep impression on Rameau —, wrote no fewer than twenty-four cantatas of remarkable interest, five of which may be heard on this record.