Antonie Vestier, Portrait de François-Joseph Gossec, 1791
Gossec turned to writing Operas Comiques. His brief career in the new medium proved short, only two years! His career did not take another turn until 1773 when he became the director of Concert Spirtuel. All the while he was well known, and a very strong composer.
In his new position he wrote music for the church, and experienced success. He had never been truly unsuccessful, but because he was not producing grand symphonies, he never felt fully accomplished. His Grand Messe des Morts was written in 1760 and remained popular for decades. He continued to work on tragédies-lyrique which were operas on serious subjects.
In 1774 he wrote a historical opera, Sabinus. It was a hit! It premiered in Paris and was all people talked about, for two short months. Gluck had soon after premiered his Iphigénie en Aulide, instantly pushing Sabinus down the charts. Bittersweet.
|Possibly by Jacques-Louis David, Gossec. Via|
Here are some of his works, recognize any?
Grand Messe des Morts