François Bouvard (c.1683-1760)

François Bouvard started his musical life as a singer at the Opéra, and enjoyed some fame as a composer of vocal works. The tragedies Médus and Cassandre enjoyed much popularity, as did his many songs. He composed many cantatas, but at a period when the form was evolving into a relatively light-weight entertainment. Many of his works in this later period (c.1740) are termed cantatilles. These were short cantatas, but often demanding more extensive instrumental resources, and calling on considerable skill in the players. They have been described by Tunley as the Rococo version of the Baroque cantata.

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