Isis, tragedie en musique

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Libretto of the opera "Isis," by Philippe Quinolt. The music of the opera was composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully's and premiered on January 5, 1677 at St. Germain-en-Laye. The libretto is a loose adaptation of one of the episodes in Ovid's Metamorphoses. The plot resembles that of Lully's previous opera, Atys. It is set in pastoral and divine realms.

In the opera, Jupiter courts the nymph Io, and jealous Juno imprisons her under the hundred watchful eyes of Argus. The god Mercury helps Io to escape and turns Hiérax, Io's former lover, into a bird when he tries to interfere. Then, Juno orders a Fury to torment Io. After a series of tortures, Io invokes Jupiter who interferes with Juno promising he will be faithful to her in exchange of her sparing Io. Juno then transforms Io into the Egyptian goddess Isis.

On the title page for this opera, there is a lithograph illustration of the god Apollo holding a lyre and the goddess Euterpe playing a stringed instrument that resembles a guitar. It also depicts the fleur de lis, and on the background, an allegorical image Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Creator(s): Quinault, Philippe, 1635-1688.
Creation Date: 1677  
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UNT Music Library
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Virtual Music Rare Book Room
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Publisher Info:
Publisher Name: Christophe Ballard
Publisher Info: Par Christophe Ballard, seul imprimeur du Roy pour la musique, rüe Saint Jean de Beauvais, au Mont-Parnasse.
Place of Publication: Paris, France
Date(s):
  • Creation: 1677
Description:

Libretto of the opera "Isis," by Philippe Quinolt. The music of the opera was composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully's and premiered on January 5, 1677 at St. Germain-en-Laye. The libretto is a loose adaptation of one of the episodes in Ovid's Metamorphoses. The plot resembles that of Lully's previous opera, Atys. It is set in pastoral and divine realms.

In the opera, Jupiter courts the nymph Io, and jealous Juno imprisons her under the hundred watchful eyes of Argus. The god Mercury helps Io to escape and turns Hiérax, Io's former lover, into a bird when he tries to interfere. Then, Juno orders a Fury to torment Io. After a series of tortures, Io invokes Jupiter who interferes with Juno promising he will be faithful to her in exchange of her sparing Io. Juno then transforms Io into the Egyptian goddess Isis.

On the title page for this opera, there is a lithograph illustration of the god Apollo holding a lyre and the goddess Euterpe playing a stringed instrument that resembles a guitar. It also depicts the fleur de lis, and on the background, an allegorical image Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Note:

Full title as it appears on the title page: "Isis, tragedie en musique ornée d'entrées de ballet, de machines, & de changements de theatre."


At the premiere, Lully's contemporaries interpreted the story as representing the volatile situation between two of the King's mistresses, which resulted in the banishment of Quinolt from the court from 1677 and 1680.

Physical Description:

75 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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Keyword(s): tragedies | lyrics
Source: Amadis : tragedie en musique : representée par l'Academie royalle de musique., ML47.L95 1681, 1681
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Partner:
UNT Music Library
Collection:
Virtual Music Rare Book Room
Relation: Is part of [Collection of Eleven Operas: Le triomphe de l'amour; Coronis: pastorale heroïque; Isis: tragedie en musique; Amadis: tragedie en musique; Phaeton: tragedie en musique; Proserpine: tragedie en musique; Zephire et Flore: opera; Thetis et Pelée: tragedie en musique; Enée et Lavinie: tragedie en musique; Astrée: tragedie; Roland: tragedie en musique], ark:/67531/metadc11804
Identifier:
  • UNTCAT: b2709930 |
  • OCLC: 30102217 |
  • CALL-NO: ML47.L95 1681
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc39259
Resource Type: Book
Format: Text