Description of the picture:
The picture, of a very beautiful proportion, represents a charming couple singing Arion. Hands, lace, faces are of a high quality and a real delicacy. The angel, over both characters, comes to sublimate this aspect.
In our searches, we found that Arion is an Opera which consisted by Jean-Baptiste Matho, of his real name Mr. F.H. Thomassin, (Montfort-sur-Meu, in March 6th, 1663 - Versailles, in March 16th, 1743) was a French composer of the baroque era. He was a composer very noticed in the court (yard) of Louis XV.
He gets noticed from the childhood for the quality of his voice (vote), and is taken in Versailles as page of King. The career (quarry) of this Breton musician was the one at first of a singer. He was a bard of the Chapel in 1684, then choirmaster of the Music of Heir apparent in 1688. For the burial of the latter Marie Anne Victoire of Bavaria, he sang on May 1st, 1690 as falsetto, the anthem Dies irae (31) of Michel-Richard de Lalande. When he wife Geneviève Gautier, girl of the Guard of the Iceboxes of King, the marriage contract is signed by King and Dauphin. From 1703 till 1707, he is responsible for the music of the parties of Châtenay, near Seals, given by Nicolas de Malézieu. In 1711, he is ordinary bard of the Music chapel then, in 1717, ordinary bard of the royal Chapel and the bard of the Chamber.
In 1714, he becomes a drummer of music for Michel-Richard de Lalande.
His main works are:
• Pastorale (1687)
• Coronis (tragédie) (1699)
• Philémon et Baucis (1703)
• Le Prince de Cathay (1704)
• La Tarentole (1705)
• La Fine Mouche (1706)
• L'Hôte de Lemnos (1707)
Arion. Operatic (lyric) tragedy in five acts and a prologue, on Louis Fuzelier's notebook (on 1672 - 1752), represented to the royal Music academy (Music regional education authority), on April 10th, 1714.