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