Michel de La Guerre

(1605-6 - 1679)

French composer, born in Paris. Named organist at St. Leu, Paris, at age 14; served in the same capacity at the Sainte-Chapelle from 1633 until succeeded by his son Jérôme in 1675; he was elsewhere referred to as Organiste du roi. His "pastorale en musique" Le triomphe de I'Amour sur des bergers et bergères premiered in late 1654, was given in the presence of the king in 1655, and was revived with scenery in 1657; it was likely the first attempt at French opera.

VIIB: At the Court of Louis XIV