Marais: Marin. Sheet Music and Biography

By | July 16, 2021

Marais Sheet Music

A colour portrait of Marin Marais in 1704 in his late forties by Andre Buoys
31 May 1656 – 15 Aug 1728

Marin Marais is famous as a virtuoso of the viol/viola de gamba and as the primary French composer for this instrument.

There is not much information regarding his family. However, his son, Roland Marais, was a composer and viol player.

We have a small selection of his works arranged for different instruments on


In 1676 Marais played in the French Royal Orchestra, then between 1686 and 1725, he wrote five books ‘Pieces de Viole’ which were mostly suites with continuo. He was also one of the first French composers to write a trio of sonatas.

Marais wrote four operas the most successful being Sémélé in 1709. His others included Ariane et Bacchus in 1696 and Alcyone in 1706.

In 1991 a French book was published and a film made, based on the life of Marais, written by Pascal Quignard and directed by Alain Corneau. The French actor Gérard Depardieu plays the lead role. However, the story is fictional as little is known about the characters, but any factual information is depicted accurately.

Marais Sheet Music Downloads and Further Reading

On we have a few arrangements of Marin Marais sheet music including various instrumental versions of L,Agreable from 5 French Dances all in PDF format.

For further reading on this composer why not take a look at Wikipedia and Britannica or watch the film?

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