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Marais, Marin
MANUSCRIPT RECEIPT SIGNED (“MARAIS”),
on vellum, naming the composer as “Marin Marais, ordinaire de la Musique de la chambre du Roy”, in which Marais acknowledges receipt of one hundred and twenty-five livres, being payment for the first six months of the present year (”...sur les aydes et gabelles...”), as confirmed by the agreement of 14 January 1700, the document countersigned by Hurel

1 page, oblong 8vo (c.13 x 18.5cm), countersigned in another hand, numbered 139, armorial stamp of the Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 8 April 1704, some cockling of the vellum, lightly stained


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Catalogue Note

Autograph material by Marin Marais, the principal French Baroque composer for the viol, is rarely offered for sale at auction. 

Marin Marais (1656-1728) was one of the outstanding figures in French Baroque music and one of the first French instrumentalists to make his mark as a solo performer (TNG, xv, p.795-796).   Even contemporary editions of Marais's music are scarce and keenly sought-after, to judge by the sparse auction records.

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