Thesée; tragedie, mise en musique

Description:

Thesée, which premiered at the court theater at St. Germain-en-laye on January 11, 1675, was Jean-Baptiste Lully's third tragédie lyrique created in collaboration with librettist Philippe Quinault. As in most of his libretti for Lully, Quinault combines a plot based on a classical source (an episode from Ovid's Metamorphoses) with references to contemporary events. The Prologue alludes to Louis XIV's personal leadership in the military engagements in the Alsace (along the French/German border). The juxtaposition of Venus' entreaties for pleasure with Mars' call to arms reflects a period of unease during which the French armies were in retreat from the armies of the Elector of Brandenburg. This resulted in the unique joining of songs of love with songs of war and victory.

Creator(s):
Creation Date: 1688
Partner(s):
UNT Music Library
Collection(s):
Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection
Virtual Music Rare Book Room
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Publisher Info:
Publisher Name: C. Ballard
Place of Publication: Paris
Date(s):
  • Creation: 1688
Description:

Thesée, which premiered at the court theater at St. Germain-en-laye on January 11, 1675, was Jean-Baptiste Lully's third tragédie lyrique created in collaboration with librettist Philippe Quinault. As in most of his libretti for Lully, Quinault combines a plot based on a classical source (an episode from Ovid's Metamorphoses) with references to contemporary events. The Prologue alludes to Louis XIV's personal leadership in the military engagements in the Alsace (along the French/German border). The juxtaposition of Venus' entreaties for pleasure with Mars' call to arms reflects a period of unease during which the French armies were in retreat from the armies of the Elector of Brandenburg. This resulted in the unique joining of songs of love with songs of war and victory.

Physical Description:

score (372 p.) 37 cm.

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Uniform Title: Thésée
Added Title: Metamorphoses
Partner:
UNT Music Library
Collection:
Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection
Collection:
Virtual Music Rare Book Room
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Resource Type: Musical Score/Notation
Format: Image
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Access: Public