Robert de Visée’s music is some of the best examples of French Baroque guitar music we have today.
Visée's place and date of birth are unknown. He was a lutenist, guitarist, viol player, singer, and composer. The first mention of Visée is from 1680, that he became a chamber musician to Louis XIV, in which capacity he often performed at court.
His publications contain a number of suites, each a collection of dances, to be played by the musician in an appropriate sequence.
Contemporary performance of de Visée’s music on the classical guitar contains a sort of adjustments sounding different from ‘authentic’ passages on the Baroque five-course guitar.
Here the old recording of Visée's suite in the performance by Andrés Segovia - the virtuoso spanish classical guitarist of the last century.