Jean-Baptiste Lully was an Italian-born composer adopted by the French court, whose influence on music and dance in 17th-century France was so strong it resounded throughout Europe. Lully was the most important French composer of his period and gained complete control of French courtly music. As the father of French opera, Lully imbued the genre with such opulence and pageantry that it became a viable art form. His influence on French culture is immense.
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