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By the time he was in his twenties, French Baroque composer Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738) had become one of the most successful musicians living in Paris. But then, as now, musical styles were ever-evolving, and Mouret could neither adapt to changing musical tastes nor cope with his eventual fall from fashion, and when he died he was penniless and confined to an insane asylum. Although the majority of his works remain virtually unknown, today one would be hard-pressed to name another piece from the French Baroque more recognized than his Rondeau (from Fanfares for Trumpets, Kettledrums, Violins and Oboes, Book 2), thanks to its becoming the trademark theme music for PBS's Masterpiece Theatre in 1971. -- Ed Lein, c2011
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edwardlein - 3 Dec 2011
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