French composer, Jean Gilles (1668-1705) received his musical training as a choirboy in Aix-en-Provence. His substantial works are entirely religious, Messe Des Morts being no exception.
Gilles catalogue comprises a significant amount of choral work. His choral composing style often alternate passages sung by soloists and the chorus, as is the case in Messe Des Morts, realised by Laurence Boulay. His musical style was influenced by André Campra, a leading Opera composer of the day who Gilles succeeded as music master at the Cathedral of Saint Etienne in Toulouse. For all choirs seeking alternative repertoire, Messe Des Morts provides a riveting performance.