Rameau - Hippolyte et Aricie
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The best French classical music for Bastille Day
3. Rameau - Hippolyte et Aricie
Baroque composer Rameau first tried his hand at opera at the age of 50, and it's safe to say it didn't go down too well. After Lully, critics expected operas packed with drama and French patriotism, but Rameau turned his back on the musical tradition that had gone before, only to come up with his own ideas.