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date: 13 November 2019

Luynes, Charles Philippe d'Albert, Duke of locked

  • Lionel Sawkins

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( b 1695; d 1758). French courtier and diarist . His memoirs, like those of his grandfather, the marquis de Dangeau, are among the most illuminating of musical life at the French court. Given that his wife was a lady-in-waiting to the queen, Maria Leczynska, Luynes had unrivalled access to the intimacies of court life. Covering the years 1735–58, his diary records the emergence of Rameau as an operatic composer and a courtier and the passion for music of Louis XV's queen and of his mistress, Mme de Pompadour. The musical tastes of the dauphin, for whom Royer composed, and of the second dauphine, Marie-Josèphe de Saxe, are observed. Luynes detailed the increasing significance of dance music and the divertissement as entertainments, recording the names both of librettists and composers. He also reported details of the chapel music, episodes of the long-running battle between the sous-maîtres de la chapelle and the ...

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