Jean-Philippe Rameau(1683-1764), French composer and theorist, studied from his father, then at the Jesuit College des Godrans, served as an organist at various cathedrals in Paris and Lyon. Rameau is considered along with Lully and Gluck, as one of the principle masters of pre-Revolutionary French opera.
From 1745 on, more than half of his stage works were written for court premieres. His stage works comprise many genres, as well as incidental music. His harpsichord publications are particularly fine and circulated widely in the 18th century.