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Paris is the capital of France, whose area is 543,965 square kilometres, and its population is 58,683,000 people.
France Music prospered in France under the Sun King, Louis XIV at his court in Versailles. There he maintained a string group of 24 violins called the Vingt-Quatre Violons du Roi. He brought an Italian composer, Lully,  to Paris in 1621, to become director of state music. He sponsored a choir of 60, an outdoor wind group, and an orchestra. Also in his time the precursor to the Paris Opera was founded.

Rameau became famous in the late baroque period.  In the classical period, Mozart stayed in Paris with his Mother, and later his symphonies were performed in Paris. In the 19th century Opera was the most important aspect of French musical life, with Meyerbeer, Gounod and Bizet amongst its best known opera composers.  There seemed little taste for the strongly emerging romantic style in Germany and elsewhere, and Berlioz felt himself to be an outsider because he really belonged to that romantic movement.

Debussy introduced a new breath of air into French music with his impressionist style.

Tunes originating from France. Audio is available for 126 tunes from this country.
No.Name of WorkComposerCategoryEnsemble
1 Agnus Dei from requiemFauréSacredOrchestra
2 An Old Musical BoxDe-SéveracShort PieceSolo
3 Angels from the Realms of GloryVariousSacredString Quartet
4 Arabesque No.1 in EDebussyShort PieceSolo
5 Au Clair de la LuneVariousNursery RhymesWind Chamber Groups
6 Au Fond du Temple Saint from The Pearl FishersBizetOperaWind Chamber Groups
7 Automne (Étude de concert), Op. 35, No.2ChaminadeShort PieceSolo
8 Autumn LeavesVariousPopular SongsOrchestra
9 Ave Maria (based on Bach's Prelude in C)GounodSongDuet
10 Bailero from Songs of the AuvergneCanteloubeSongOrchestra
11 Benvenuto Cellini - OvertureBerliozOvertureOrchestra
12 BoleroRavelTone PoemOrchestra
13 Callirhoè (Air de ballet)ChaminadeShort PieceSolo
14 Cantique de Jean RacineFauréSongChoir
15 Carmen, - suite and selected ariasBizetOperaOrchestra
16 Carnival of the AnimalsSaint-SaensSuiteDuet
17 Cerdaña. Cinq Études Pittoresques (Five Picturesque Studies for the Piano).De-SéveracSuiteSolo
18 Clair de Lune from Suite BergamasqueDebussyShort PieceSolo
19 Coppelia Ballet SuiteDelibesBallet MusicOrchestra
20 Danse MacabreSaint-SaensTone PoemOrchestra
21 Ding Dong Merrily on HighVariousSacredChoir
22 Dolly SuiteFauréSuiteDuet
23 Espana Rhapsody Themes ChabrierShort PieceOrchestra
24 Faust Opera. Ballet MusicGounodBallet MusicOrchestra
25 Flower Duet from LakméDelibesOperaOrchestra
26 For He's a Jolly Good FellowVariousFolk SongSolo
27 Frère JacquesVariousFolk SongWind Chamber Groups
28 GavotteGossecShort PieceDuet
29 Girl with the Flaxen Hair (Preludes Book 1 No.8)DebussyShort PieceSolo
30 Gymnopédies (for piano)SatieSuiteSolo
31 HabaneraChabrierShort PieceSolo
32 Harold in Italy Op 18BerliozConcertoOrchestra
33 Il était une BergèreVariousFolk SongString Quartet
34 Introduction et AllegroRavelChamber MusicOther Ensembles
35 Jeux d'Enfants - Suite for Orchestra, Op 22BizetSuiteOrchestra
36 Jewel Song from FaustGounodOperaDuet
37 La MarseillaiseLisleSongSolo
38 La ValseRavelWaltzOrchestra
39 L'Après-midi d'une FauneDebussyTone PoemOrchestra
40 L'Arlesienne Suites Nos 1 and 2.BizetSuiteOrchestra
41 Le Cid Ballet Music.MassenetBallet MusicOrchestra
42 Le Corsair - OvertureBerliozOvertureOrchestra
43 Le rappel des oiseauxRameauShort PieceSolo
44 Les fifresDandrieuShort PieceSolo
45 Meditation from ThaisMassenetShort PieceDuet
46 Mouvement perpetuelsPoulencShort PieceSolo
47 MusetteRameauShort PieceSolo
48 Pavane in F# Minor for orchestra Op 50FauréTone PoemOrchestra
49 Pavanne for a Dead InfantaRavelShort PieceOrchestra
50 Piano Concerto No.1 in DSaint-SaensConcertoOrchestra
51 Piano Concerto No.2 in G Minor Op 22Saint-SaensConcertoOrchestra
52 Rakoczy MarchBerliozMarchOrchestra
53 RêverieDebussyShort PieceSolo
54 Roman Carnival OvertureBerliozOvertureOrchestra
55 Romance, La Pazza Per AmoreDalayracShort PieceSolo
56 Romeo and JulietGounodOperaOrchestra
57 Samson et DalilaSaint-SaensOperaOrchestra
58 Scarf DanceChaminadeShort PieceSolo
59 Serenade, Op. 29ChaminadeShort PieceSolo
60 Sicilienne Op 78FauréShort PieceOrchestra
61 Skaters' Waltz "Die Schlittschuhläufer" (Les Patineurs)WaldteufelWaltzOrchestra
62 Sorcerer's Apprentice ( L'Apprenti Sorcier)DukasTone PoemOrchestra
63 Suite Algerienne, Opus 60, Orchestra.Saint-SaensSuiteOrchestra
64 Suite in D majorSaint-SaensSuiteOrchestra
65 Sur Le PontVariousFolk SongSolo
66 Sylvia Ballet SuiteDelibesBallet MusicOrchestra
67 Symphonie Fantastique Op 14BerliozSymphonyOrchestra
68 Symphony in CBizetSymphonyOrchestra
69 TambourinRameauShort PieceSolo
70 The Flatt'rer (La Lisonjera)ChaminadeShort PieceSolo
71 The Maids of CadizDelibesOperaOrchestra
72 Valse in EbDurandWaltzSolo
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