Visée, Robert de

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Visée, Robert de

Visée, Robert de, French guitarist, theorbo and viol player, singer, and composer; b. c. 1650; d. c. 1725. About 1680 he became a chamber musician to Louis XIV. He was guitar teacher to the King from 1695, a position he held officially from 1719; he also sang in the royal chapel from 1709. His guitar works have been ed. by R. Strizich (Paris, 1971).


Livre de guittarre dédié au roy (Paris, 1682); Livre de pièces pour la guittarre (Paris, 1686); Pièces de théorbe et de luth mises en partition dessus et basse (Paris, 1732); other works in contemporary collections.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire