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Robert de Visée - French Baroque Masterpieces

arranged for Classical Guitar

 by Jeffrey Goodman




Robert de Visée (c.1655 - c.1732) was a French guitarist and composer who became a chamber musician to the court of Louis XIV.  Very little is known of his life, but historical documents indicate that he was an esteemed musician in the Royal Court.  In 1709 he became a singer in the Royal Chapel, and in 1719 was appointed to the position of guitar teacher to Louis XIV.  Contemporary diaries also noted that he was often called upon to play the guitar for Louis XIV in his bed chamber in the evening.  

During his lifetime he published several books, including Livre de Guitarre dedié au Roy,  Paris, 1682, and Livre de Pièces pour Guitarre, Paris, 1686.  The arrangements in this book are drawn mainly from those sources, as well as from manuscripts in the Bibliotheque nationale, Paris.

All of the arrangements in this book are designed for performance, and have been made in the spirit of Baroque music practice. My goal has been to bring out the unique qualities of de Visée’s music with arrangements that are tailored to the characteristics of the today’s classical guitar.