Phaeton

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Libretto of the opera "Phaeton," by Philippe Quinolt. The plot is based on an episode in Ovid's Metamorphoses. In the plot, Phaethon, son of Climène and Soleil [the Sun], is filled with excessive ambition and pride. He abandons his beloved, Théone, and requests to the King of Egypt the hand of his daughter Libie. Climène, who after consulting the sea god Proteus knows of the demise that her son's avarice will bring upon himself, tries in vain to discourage his ambition for the throne of Egypt and urges him to renew his love for Theona. However, Phaeton goaded by the taunts of his rival, Epaphus, rides recklessly across the sky in his father's chariot. The spectacular ending includes Jupiter's thunderbolts aimed at stopping Phaethon's wild ride, and Phaethon crashing onto earth where he dies. An ensemble and chorus provide a sorrowful denouement.

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. It also includes an engraved frontispiece titled, "Le trébuchement de Phaeton" (The Fall of Phaeton) by Jean le Pautre.

Creator(s): Quinault, Philippe, 1635-1688.
Creation Date: 1683  
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UNT Music Library
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Publisher Info:
Publisher Name: Christophe Ballard
Publisher Info: Par Christophe Ballard, seul imprimeur du Roy pour la musique.
Place of Publication: Paris, France
Date(s):
  • Creation: 1683
Description:

Libretto of the opera "Phaeton," by Philippe Quinolt. The plot is based on an episode in Ovid's Metamorphoses. In the plot, Phaethon, son of Climène and Soleil [the Sun], is filled with excessive ambition and pride. He abandons his beloved, Théone, and requests to the King of Egypt the hand of his daughter Libie. Climène, who after consulting the sea god Proteus knows of the demise that her son's avarice will bring upon himself, tries in vain to discourage his ambition for the throne of Egypt and urges him to renew his love for Theona. However, Phaeton goaded by the taunts of his rival, Epaphus, rides recklessly across the sky in his father's chariot. The spectacular ending includes Jupiter's thunderbolts aimed at stopping Phaethon's wild ride, and Phaethon crashing onto earth where he dies. An ensemble and chorus provide a sorrowful denouement.

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. It also includes an engraved frontispiece titled, "Le trébuchement de Phaeton" (The Fall of Phaeton) by Jean le Pautre.

Note:

Full title as it appears on the title page: "Phaeton, tragedie en musique representée par l'Academie Royalle de Musique, devant sa Majesté à Versailles, le sixième jour de janvier mil six cens quatre-vingts-trois."


Pages 50-60 were incorrectly numbered as 42-52.


Lully composed the music for the opera. The magnificent scenery contributed to the success of this opera at its public premiere on 27 April 1683.

Physical Description:

[x], 52 [i.e. 60] 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: b2709932 |
  • OCLC: 58540730 |
  • CALL-NO: ML47.L95 1681
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc39283
Resource Type: Book
Format: Text