Jean-Paul-Égide Martini (Plaisir d'amour)

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Legal name: Johann Paul Aegidus Martini, Johann Paul Ägidius Schwarzendorf

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Jean-Paul-Égide Martini, (August 31, 1741 – February 10, 1816) was a composer of classical music. Sometimes known as Martini Il Tedesco, he is best known today for the vocal romance "Plaisir d'amour," on which the 1961 Elvis Presley pop standard "Can't Help Falling in Love" is based. He is sometimes referred to as Giovanni Martini, resulting in a confusion with Giovanni Battista Martini, particularly with regard to the composition "Plaisir d'amour"'.

Martini was born Johann Paul Aegidius Schwarzendorf in Freystadt, Bavaria. He adopted the family name Martini after moving to France as a young man. There, he established a successful career as a court musician. Having directed concerts for the Queen, he adapted to the changing regimes throughout the French Revolution, and later wrote music for Napoleon's marriage as well as for the restored Chapelle royale. In 1764, he married Marguerite Camelot. His melodic opera L'amoureux de quinze ans written in 1771 enjoyed great success. In addition, his highly popular church music combined old forms with modern theatricality, and his chansons including "Plaisir D'Amour" were influential. In 1800 he became a professor of composition at the Paris Conservatoire. He died in Paris in February 1816.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Greatest Hits of 1721 New York Philharmonia Virtuosi 1
1981 Songs My Father Taught Me Robert White, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Ralph Mace 2
1990 Camerata Tallinn Camerata Tallinn 1
The Classical Nana Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Music for the Millions; Fischer Chöre Fischer Chöre 1
1996 25 Candlelight Favorites Various Artists 1
1996 Les 150 plus belles mélodies Various Artists 5
2003 The Legendary Dame Janet Baker Dame Janet Baker 1
2007 Ti Amo: Classical Love Songs Various Artists 1
2009 The 99 Most Essential Pieces of the Romantic Era Various Artists 1
2009 50 Classics for Relaxation Various Artists 1
2013 99 Must-Have Chillout Classics, Vol. 2 Various Artists 1
2013 100 Must-Have Love Song Classics Various Artists 1
150 Best Loved Melodies Various Artists 1
Barcarole (Mailänder Sinfonie Orchester feat. cond: Antonio Scalera) Various Artists 1
Inspiration classique (feat. piano: Richard Abel) Richard Abel 1
Reader's Digest: Candlelight Classics Various Artists 1
Reader's Digest: Moonlight Moods Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Batman (1966 Motion Picture) Neal Hefti / Nelson Riddle 1
2001 Band of Brothers Michael Kamen 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Best-Loved Classics, Volume 11 Various Artists 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Classical Romance Volume 4 Various Artists 1
2008 Be My Love - Romantische Arien und Lieder Various Artists 1

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