Jean-Joseph Mouret

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Jean-Joseph Mouret
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French composer who composed mainly for the stage (lyric tragedy and opera-ballet).

Born: April 11th, 1682 at Avignon, Vaucluse, France
Died: December 22th, 1738 at Charenton-le-Pont, Val-de-Marne, France

Even though most of his works are no longer performed, Mouret's name survives today thanks to the popularity of the Fanfare-Rondeau from his first Suite de symphonies, which has been adopted as the signature tune of the PBS program Masterpiece and is a popular musical choice in many modern weddings.

Mouret's father was a prosperous silk merchant of Avignon, an amateur violinist who recognized his son's precocious musical abilities and provided him with a fine education. The elder Mouret generously supported his son's decision to pursue a musical career. As a youth, Mouret proved himself a talented singer while also earning success for his compositions.

Around the age of twenty-five, Mouret settled in Paris. News of his arrival did not take long to spread and he was introduced to Anne, Duchess of Maine, whose salon at Sceaux was a center of courtly society in the declining years of Louis XIV. His genial character strongly assisted him in securing the patronage of the Duchess, who made him her Surintendant de la musique at Sceaux about 1708. At Sceaux he produced operas and was in charge of the sixteen bi-weekly Grandes nuits in the season of 1714–1715, for which he produced interimèdes and allegorical cantatas in the court masque tradition, and other music, in the company of the most favoured musicians, for the most select audience in France. Mouret thus launched his adult career under highly favorable auspices.

His opéra-ballet Les fêtes, ou Le triomphe de Thalie ["Festivities, or The Triumph of Thalia"] with a libretto by Joseph de La Font was presented at the Opéra on August 19, 1714. In the prologue, in a scenic design which represented the stage of the Opéra, Thalia, the muse of Comedy, triumphs over Melpomene, the muse of Tragedy. This dramatic conceit resulted in a succès de scandale, obliging La Font to immediately prepare a revised opening entitled "La critique des fêtes de Thalie" (presented on October 9). In the 1720 edition the title was changed to Les fêtes de Thalie, and in 1722 a new opening was added, "La provençale", which featured regional costumes, instruments, and well-known melodies sung in the Provençal dialect. The 1722 version proved to be more acceptable and very popular, and continued to be performed up until 1778.
Also in 1714 Mouret received an appointment as the director of the orchestra of the Opéra, a post which he held until 1718. From 1717 to 1737 he directed the Nouveau Théâtre Italien du Palais-Royal for which he composed divertissements that accompanied, for example, the tender comedies of Marivaux, and which, printed, fill six volumes. At court Mouret maintained a post as singer, and directed the grand divertissements offered by the Regent, the duc d'Orléans at his château of Villers-Cotterêts on the occasion of Louis XV's coming-of-age, 1722. Concurrently, he was director of the concert series established by the orchestra of the Opéra, the Concerts Spirituel (1728–34), positions which provided a public outlet for his own music and which permitted him to live in affluence.

Mouret married and had one daughter. However, his later years were overshadowed by financial and social disappointments. Sinking into poverty, Mouret died in a charitable asylum run by the Roman Catholic Church in Charenton-le-Pont.
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Jean-Joseph Mouret Discography Tracks

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Jean-Joseph Mouret - Motets For Soloists And Orchestra album art Campra*, Mouret*, Gautier* / The Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra*, Louis Frémaux Campra*, Mouret*, Gautier* / The Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra*, Louis Frémaux - Motets For Soloists And Orchestra Musical Heritage Society US 1963 Sell This Version
Jean-Joseph Mouret - Simphonies • Fanfares • Simphonies album art Michel Richard Delalande / Jean-Joseph Mouret Michel Richard Delalande / Jean-Joseph Mouret - Simphonies • Fanfares • Simphonies Archiv Produktion US 1964 Sell This Version
Jean-Joseph Mouret - Suites For Trumpets, Hunting Horns, Oboes, Strings And Timpani album art Jean-Baptiste Lully / Jean-Joseph Mouret, Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra* Jean-Baptiste Lully / Jean-Joseph Mouret, Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra* - Suites For Trumpets, Hunting Horns, Oboes, Strings And Timpani (Album) Argo (2) UK 1964 Sell This Version
Jean-Joseph Mouret - Festival de Musique Baroque album art Jean-Joseph Mouret / Johann Sebastian Bach / Georg Friedrich Händel / Georg Philipp Telemann Jean-Joseph Mouret / Johann Sebastian Bach / Georg Friedrich Händel / Georg Philipp Telemann - Festival de Musique Baroque (Album) Archiv Produktion Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version
135028 Jean-Joseph Mouret - Franzosische Meister Des Barock album art Delalande*, Mouret*, Rameau*, Naudot* Delalande*, Mouret*, Rameau*, Naudot* - Franzosische Meister Des Barock(LP) Deutsche Grammophon 135028 Germany 1964 Sell This Version
Jean-Joseph Mouret - Music for Royal Courts Of Louis XIV And Louis XV album art J. B. Lully* - M. R. Delalande* - M. A. Charpentier* - J. J. Mouret* With Collegium Musicum De Paris Directed By Roland Douatte J. B. Lully* - M. R. Delalande* - M. A. Charpentier* - J. J. Mouret* With Collegium Musicum De Paris Directed By Roland Douatte - Music for Royal Courts Of Louis XIV And Louis XV (Album) Music Guild Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Jean-Joseph Mouret - Royal Hunts At The Château Of Chantilly album art Jean-Joseph Mouret / Antonio Vivaldi / Michel Corrette / Jean-Philippe Rameau / Leopold Mozart / The Stéphane Caillat Choir* And The Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra* Jean-Joseph Mouret / Antonio Vivaldi / Michel Corrette / Jean-Philippe Rameau / Leopold Mozart / The Stéphane Caillat Choir* And The Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra* - Royal Hunts At The Château Of Chantilly (Album) The Record Society, The Record Society, World Record Club, The Record Society Australia 1966 Sell This Version
Jean-Joseph Mouret - Musiques Royales A Notre Dame album art Jean-Joseph Mouret, M. Richard De Lalande*, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Pierre Cochereau, Armand Birbaum Jean-Joseph Mouret, M. Richard De Lalande*, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Pierre Cochereau, Armand Birbaum - Musiques Royales A Notre Dame Turnabout US 1968 Sell This Version
76 859 Jean-Joseph Mouret - La Grande Ecurie Et La Chambre Du Roy In Concert album art André Campra, Georg Friedrich Händel, Jean-Joseph Mouret, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Leopold Mozart, La Grande Ecurie Et La Chambre Du Roy, Jean-Claude Malgoire André Campra, Georg Friedrich Händel, Jean-Joseph Mouret, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Leopold Mozart, La Grande Ecurie Et La Chambre Du Roy, Jean-Claude Malgoire - La Grande Ecurie Et La Chambre Du Roy In Concert(LP) CBS 76 859 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
DUE 20208-9 Jean-Joseph Mouret - Un Concert A Versailles Au Grand Siècle album art Charpentier* - Couperin* - Delalande* - Lully* - Mouret*, Marie-Claire Alain, Mady Mesplé, Robert Veyron-Lacroix Direction Louis Frémaux, Louis Martini, Jean-François Paillard Charpentier* - Couperin* - Delalande* - Lully* - Mouret*, Marie-Claire Alain, Mady Mesplé, Robert Veyron-Lacroix Direction Louis Frémaux, Louis Martini, Jean-François Paillard - Un Concert A Versailles Au Grand Siècle(2xLP) Erato DUE 20208-9 France 1972 Sell This Version
2548 257 Jean-Joseph Mouret - Trompeten-Konzerte album art Haydn* - Vivaldi* - Mouret* - Tolar* - Vejvanovský* - Adolf Scherbaum Haydn* - Vivaldi* - Mouret* - Tolar* - Vejvanovský* - Adolf Scherbaum - Trompeten-Konzerte(LP) Heliodor 2548 257 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
0276-002 Jean-Joseph Mouret - Musique Baroque album art Jean-Joseph Mouret, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Giovanni Gabrieli, Michel Richard Delalande, Anthony Holborne, Henry Purcell, Ludwig van Beethoven Jean-Joseph Mouret, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Giovanni Gabrieli, Michel Richard Delalande, Anthony Holborne, Henry Purcell, Ludwig van Beethoven - Musique Baroque(LP) Syrinx Record 0276-002 France 1976 Sell This Version
Jean-Joseph Mouret - Art Of The Trumpet (Madeira Festival) album art Biber*, Frescobaldi*, Gabrieli*, Martini*, Mouret*, Edward Carroll, Edward Brewer, New York Trumpet Ensemble Biber*, Frescobaldi*, Gabrieli*, Martini*, Mouret*, Edward Carroll, Edward Brewer, New York Trumpet Ensemble - Art Of The Trumpet (Madeira Festival) Vox Cum Laude USA & Canada 1982 Sell This Version
Jean-Joseph Mouret - Barocke Suiten & Konzerte album art Delalande*Mouret*Stölzel*Torelli*Vivaldi* - Maurice André Delalande*Mouret*Stölzel*Torelli*Vivaldi* - Maurice André - Barocke Suiten & Konzerte (Album) Angel Records US 1984 Sell This Version
296180 Jean-Joseph Mouret - Highlights 14 album art Collegium Aureum, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Pachelbel, Alessandro Marcello, Jean-Joseph Mouret, Georg Philipp Telemann Collegium Aureum, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Pachelbel, Alessandro Marcello, Jean-Joseph Mouret, Georg Philipp Telemann - Highlights 14(2xLP, S/Edition) Stereoplay 296180 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
Jean-Joseph Mouret - Pachelbel's Canon · Baroque Favorites album art Pachelbel* / Albinoni* / Mouret* / Bach* / Handel* - Leppard*, English Chamber Orchestra Pachelbel* / Albinoni* / Mouret* / Bach* / Handel* - Leppard*, English Chamber Orchestra - Pachelbel's Canon · Baroque Favorites (Album, Comp) CBS US 1986 Sell This Version
416 815-1 Jean-Joseph Mouret - Concerti Da Caccia album art L. Mozart*Fasch*Mouret*Baumann*Vlatković*Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields*Brown* L. Mozart*Fasch*Mouret*Baumann*Vlatković*Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields*Brown* - Concerti Da Caccia(LP) Philips 416 815-1 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
Jean-Joseph Mouret - Charpentier - Campra - Mouret album art Marc Antoine Charpentier, Jean-Joseph Mouret, André Campra / Ensemble Instrumental Andrée Colson Marc Antoine Charpentier, Jean-Joseph Mouret, André Campra / Ensemble Instrumental Andrée Colson - Charpentier - Campra - Mouret VOX (6) France Unknown Sell This Version
30 RC 769, RC 769 Jean-Joseph Mouret - Le Livre D'or De La Trompette album art Maurice André, Collegium Musicum De Paris, Roland Douatte - Albinoni* - Vivaldi* - Mouret* - Scarlatti* Maurice André, Collegium Musicum De Paris, Roland Douatte - Albinoni* - Vivaldi* - Mouret* - Scarlatti* - Le Livre D'or De La Trompette(LP, Ⓗ P) Musidisc, Musidisc 30 RC 769, RC 769 France Unknown Sell This Version
320 E 879, 320 E 880 Jean-Joseph Mouret - Le Jeu De L'Amour Et Du Hasard album art Marivaux*, Jean-Joseph Mouret, Danièle Lebrun, Annie Sinigalia, Jean-François Calvé, Jacques Duby, Henri Guisol, Jean-Louis Jemma Marivaux*, Jean-Joseph Mouret, Danièle Lebrun, Annie Sinigalia, Jean-François Calvé, Jacques Duby, Henri Guisol, Jean-Louis Jemma - Le Jeu De L'Amour Et Du Hasard(LP + Box) L'Encyclopédie Sonore, L'Encyclopédie Sonore 320 E 879, 320 E 880 France Unknown Sell This Version
CRLP 12 Jean-Joseph Mouret - The Concert album art Jean-Joseph Mouret J.J. Mouret Gottfried Finger Godfrey Finger Joseph Bodin de Boismortier J.B. De Boismortier J.S. Bach*, Joseph Haydn, Cecile Dolmetsch Jean-Joseph Mouret J.J. Mouret Gottfried Finger Godfrey Finger Joseph Bodin de Boismortier J.B. De Boismortier J.S. Bach*, Joseph Haydn, Cecile Dolmetsch - The Concert(LP) Chantry Records (3) CRLP 12 UK Unknown Sell This Version
6504 045 Jean-Joseph Mouret - Musiques Royales à Notre-Dame album art Pierre Cochereau, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Michel Richard Delalande, Jean-Joseph Mouret Pierre Cochereau, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Michel Richard Delalande, Jean-Joseph Mouret - Musiques Royales à Notre-Dame(LP) Philips 6504 045 France Unknown Sell This Version
STU 71410 Jean-Joseph Mouret - Quintette De Cuivres De Budapest album art Quintette De Cuivres De Budapest, A. Holborne*, G. Farnaby*, S. Scheidt*, H. Purcell*, J-J. Mouret*, M. Arnold* Quintette De Cuivres De Budapest, A. Holborne*, G. Farnaby*, S. Scheidt*, H. Purcell*, J-J. Mouret*, M. Arnold* - Quintette De Cuivres De Budapest(LP) Erato STU 71410 France Unknown Sell This Version
VST 1001 Jean-Joseph Mouret - XVIIIème Siècle à Travers l' Europe - Musique Française album art Jean-Joseph Mouret, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Ensemble Instrumental Andrée Colson Jean-Joseph Mouret, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Ensemble Instrumental Andrée Colson - XVIIIème Siècle à Travers l' Europe - Musique Française(LP) Disques Vernou VST 1001 France Unknown Sell This Version
CDF 7 Jean-Joseph Mouret - Symphonies Et Fanfares Royales album art Collegium Musicum De Paris, Roland Douatte, Jean-Joseph Mouret, François Couperin, Jean-Baptiste Lully Collegium Musicum De Paris, Roland Douatte, Jean-Joseph Mouret, François Couperin, Jean-Baptiste Lully - Symphonies Et Fanfares Royales(LP, Mono, Num) Club Des Disquaires De France CDF 7 France Unknown Sell This Version

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