ANDRÉ CAMPRA (1660 - 1744)
André Campra occupied a leading position in French music
of the early 18th century. After an earlier career in Toulon and
Toulouse, he moved to Paris, where he became maître de musique
at Notre Dame and finally won distinction in the opera-house,
composing for the Académie Royale de Musique and employed
also by the chapelle royale.
Campra's first success in the theatre came in 1697 with L'Europe galante, an opéra-ballet with entrées for France, Spain, Italy and Turkey. He continued to write opéra-ballets and tragédies lyriques, generally to be staged at the Paris Opéra.
Campra wrote a number of motets and, in 1722, a setting of the Requiem Mass.