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 Decade: 1790-1799
 Language: French
 Collection: Virtual Music Rare Book Room
Matrimonio segreto : dramma giocoso in due atti = ou, Le mariage secret : opera comiLe mariage secret : opera comique en deux actesque en deux actes
Domenico Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 7 February 1792, just two months after Mozart’s death. It received immediate accolades, particularly from Emperor Leopold II, and the opera was performed a second time that day for a private audience that included the Holy Roman ruler. Il matrimonio segreto enjoyed a successful run that lasted almost a hundred years, with revised versions appearing in the second half of the nineteenth century; in 1933, the work was performed at the Library of Congress. Although the harmonic language is largely diatonic, Cimarosa’s beautiful melodies and exciting rhythms complement Bertati’s direct text. The opera presents the predicament of the secretly married couple without resorting to stock plot conventions such as characters in disguise, conveying the dramatic naturalness and simplicity promoted by Rousseau. The inventive orchestration, which includes clarinets, was another aspect of the opera that was praised by some (while Schumann appreciated the orchestration, Berlioz was unimpressed).
Oeuvres de Haydn, Cahier II contenant XI Pièces pour le Pianoforte
This volume includes six piano sonatas, three sets of theme and variations, one fantasia, and one capricio [sic] with incipits for all pieces.
Oeuvres de Haydn, Cahier III contenant VI Sonates pour le Pianoforte
This volume includes the piano parts for six piano trios (called "sonatas" on the title page) with incipits.
Oeuvres de J. Haydn, Cahier I contenant VIII Sonates pour le Pianoforte
This volume includes eight piano sonatas, preceded by pages featuring a portrait of the composer, a letter of dedication from the composers to the consumers of this item, and incipits of all eight sonatas.
Oeuvres de J. Haydn, Cahier IV contenant VIII Pièces pour le Pianoforte
This volume includes the piano parts for six piano sonatas and one arietta (for solo piano) and the piano parts to a trio for piano, flute, and 'cello. Incipits are included for all pieces.
Oeuvres de J. Haydn, Cahier IX contenant XXXIII Airs et Chansons
Though the cover of this volume is in French, the title page gives the same information in German. This latter language also receives pride of place in the text underlay: Most songs are solely in German but, when lyrics are given in two languages, German is immediately below the musical staves with either Italian or French in italics below the German. Songs use one to three voices with the voice part sometimes integrated into the top staff of the piano part with text underlay indicating when to sing. Several songs are set for three-part Männerchor or four-part chorus with piano accompaniment. In strophic settings, only the first stanza of poetry appears in the score; the rest are included as addenda at the end of the piece. The volume concludes with a table of contents given the name and first line of each song in all languages used for each entry.
Oeuvres de J. Haydn, Cahier V contenant V Sonates pour le Pianoforte
This volume includes the piano parts for five piano trios (called "sonatas" on the title page) with incipits.
Romeo et Juliette, opera en trois actes, en prose
This is the score of Daniel Steibelt's first opera "Roméo et Juliette" composed in 1793 to a libretto by Vicomte Alexandre de Ségur. According to Grove Music, Steibelt submitted this opera to the Académie Royale de Musique, but it was rejected. The work was performed as opéra comique at the Théâtre Feydeau on 9 October 1793, after Steibelt replaced the original recitatives with spoken dialog. The opera is in three acts and the orchestral forces comprise: woodwinds (flutes (2), oboes (2), clarinets (2), and bassoon (2)), brass instruments (horns in E-flat (2), trumpets in C (2), and trombones (3)), timpani in C, and strings (violins, viola, violoncello, and bass). On the t.p., the publisher advertised Steibelt's arrangement for the piano of arias and overture of this opera.
Tarare : opéra en cinq actes avec un prologue
Antonio Salieri’s French debut Les Danaïdes (1784) led to additional commissions, Les Horaces (1786) and Tarare (1787). Although Les Horaces was not well-received, Tarare was popular both in Paris and Vienna. Beaumarchais supplied the libretto for Tarare, basing his plot on the third volume of the exotic English collection The Tales of the Genii, or The Delightful Lessons of Horam, the Son of Asmar (1764) by James Ridley, (pseudonym for Sir Charles Morell), who claimed the stories were translated from a Persian source.