Le Huron : comedie en deux actes, et en vers

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Grétry’s Le Huron takes as its source a short story called L’ingénu (Geneva, 1767), written by Voltaire under the name Dulaurens. The story was banned two months after its publication due to anti-government themes. For instance, the young man raised by the Hurons (the title character of the opera) was imprisoned for expressing his radical ideas about issues such as the treatment of the Huguenots. Voltaire’s character is derived from another source, the novel Bélisaire by Marmontel, in which a man is framed for a crime and awaiting the death penalty before being released. Marmontel, who corresponded regularly with Voltaire, ... continued below

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1 score (183 p.) ; 34 cm.

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Gretry, André Ernest Modeste, 1741-1813 & Marmontel, Jean François, 1723-1799 1768.

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  • Main Title: Le Huron : comedie en deux actes, et en vers
  • Uniform Title: Huron
  • Added Title: L'Ingénu

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Grétry’s Le Huron takes as its source a short story called L’ingénu (Geneva, 1767), written by Voltaire under the name Dulaurens. The story was banned two months after its publication due to anti-government themes. For instance, the young man raised by the Hurons (the title character of the opera) was imprisoned for expressing his radical ideas about issues such as the treatment of the Huguenots. Voltaire’s character is derived from another source, the novel Bélisaire by Marmontel, in which a man is framed for a crime and awaiting the death penalty before being released. Marmontel, who corresponded regularly with Voltaire, created the libretto for Grétry’s opera. However, most controversial aspects of the story were eliminated or downplayed for the censors, and as a result, the anti-religious message is absent from Le Huron.

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1 score (183 p.) ; 34 cm.

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  • 1768

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  • Nov. 8, 2005, 4:10 p.m.

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  • June 17, 2016, 9:53 a.m.

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Gretry, André Ernest Modeste, 1741-1813 & Marmontel, Jean François, 1723-1799. Le Huron : comedie en deux actes, et en vers, score, 1768; Paris. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc20/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.