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LULLY, Jean-Baptiste 1632-1687
Fine large half-length portrait engraving by Jean-Louis Roullet (1645-1699) after Paulus Mignard of the distinguished composer in formal dress holding a rolled musical manuscript
Paris, 1680. Rare. Collection Musical André Meyer Vol. II plate 147 (before letters, with the engraver given as Edelinck). "Lully, regarded throughout Enlightenment Europe as the leading figure in French music, created a style which was truly his own, drawing on many sources which he was probably better able to assimilate than anyone else in his time. The language he forged, and to which he sometimes brought exceptional breadth, could leave no one indifferent, and it still attracts audiences today with its power, clarity, equilibrium, coherence, poetry and exquisite sensitivity." Jérôme de La Gorce in Grove Music Online.. 500 x 340 mm. + narrow margins. Portrait within oval border lettered with Lully's name and position, 6 lines of laudatory verse on a decorative cloth draped over a plinth below. A very fine impression. One flattened horizontal crease to central portion. In very good condition overall.
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