Jean-Féry Rebel  (1666-1747)
Last updated: 02.04.23
According to the Internet source given below, Jean-Féry Rebel was a French composer and violist. He was a pupil of Jean Baptiste Lully, first violin at the Opéra and future director of the Concert spirituel. His ballet Les Caractères de la danse is a succession of the principal dance rhythms of the time, quite like what Lully had done in the dance lesson of Molière's Bourgeois gentilhomme. Rebel's dance suite was first performed in 1715 by Françoise Prévost, who suggested action by combining mime and postures with the dance steps. The work soon became popular, and was executed anew in a different style by Marie Sallé, who was to dance it in London in 1725 with George F. Handel conducting, and again several years later in everyday attire at Versailles. Finally, La Camargo performed the work as her début at the Opéra in 1726.
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