"Ian Bent's foreward describes this intellectual biography as the first to survey the totality of Rameau's work, incorporating recently discovered materials, along with glimpses of his contemporaries, proponents and antagonists alike. The broad scope of the book's approach, balanced by an appropriate level of technical and theoretical detail, will be welcomed by theorists and scholars of music, 18th-century science, the Enlightenment, and the history of ideas." The Diapason
This is the first intellectual biography of the French composer and theorist Jean-Philippe Rameau, who synthesised the vocabulary and grammar of musical practice into a concise scientific system, earning himself the popular title of 'Newton of the Arts'. The author examines Rameau's accomplishments in the context of the musical and intellectual thought of the eighteenth century.