Jean-Fery Rebel (1666-1747) studied violin and composition with French baroque master Jean-Baptiste Lully. In 1705 he joined the prestigious 24 Violons du Roi, Louis XIV’s string orchestra, which is often said to be the world’s first orchestra, and later rose in the ranks to become batteur de mesure (i.e. timekeeper or, in modern parlance, conductor). Rebel was among the first French composers to adopt the Italian sonata model, composing trio sonatas and solo violin sonatas. He also wrote a single opera, Ulysse. Dance music was Rebel’s forte. His most notable work being the suite of dances Les caractères de la danse.

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