CAMPRA (André)
  • The son of a Turin surgeon, André Campra was born in Aix-en-Provence in December 1660. It was in this city that he trained in music with Guillaume Poitevin, chapel master of Saint-Sauveur cathedral.
  • After having occupied various positions in particular in Toulon, Arles and Toulouse, he succeeds Jean Mignon, recently deceased, as chap...
  • The son of a Turin surgeon, André Campra was born in Aix-en-Provence in December 1660. It was in this city that he trained in music with Guillaume Poitevin, chapel master of Saint-Sauveur cathedral.
  • After having occupied various positions in particular in Toulon, Arles and Toulouse, he succeeds Jean Mignon, recently deceased, as chapel master of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in 1694. He resigned this position in 1700 to devote to secular music and more specifically opera ballet and lyrical tragedy.
  • Conductor at the Royal Academy of Music, he is famous for his scenic works, which have met with real success and have been staged many times. André Campra creates a synthesis between the French style and the Italian musical style full of charm and color. "L’Europe Galante" (1697), "Hésione" (1794), "Tancrède" (1702) and "Fêtes Vénitiennes" (1710) enchant the public with their inventiveness and their melodic and harmonic qualities.
  • In 1722, he became sub-master at the royal chapel of Versailles. His role as “ordinary composer” led him to write sacred music (cantatas, small and large motets, psalms,… and the famous Requiem for soloists, choir and orchestra).
  • Despite the support of his patrons, despite his reputation, André Campra died in Versailles on June 29, 1744 in great destitution.
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