Phaëton. Tragedie mise en musique

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Like many of the operas created by composer Jean-Baptiste Lully and Philippe Quinault, his favorite librettist, Phaëton is filled with solar symbolism--a reference to the "Sun King," Louis XIV. The story also provides a political lesson: the haughty youth unable to contend with his position of power served as a warning to anyone brash enough to challenge the rigid mores of Louis' court. In addition to this political interpretation, the story is also a character study of a reckless juvenile whose arrogance destroys him. Phaëton's misguided and inappropriate attempts to make his lineage public bring about his downfall. The plot, ... continued below

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score (211 p.) 40 cm.

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Lully, Jean Baptiste, 1632-1687 & Quinault, Philippe, 1635-1688 1709.

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  • Main Title: Phaëton. Tragedie mise en musique
  • Uniform Title: Phaëton
  • Added Title: Metamorphoses

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Like many of the operas created by composer Jean-Baptiste Lully and Philippe Quinault, his favorite librettist, Phaëton is filled with solar symbolism--a reference to the "Sun King," Louis XIV. The story also provides a political lesson: the haughty youth unable to contend with his position of power served as a warning to anyone brash enough to challenge the rigid mores of Louis' court. In addition to this political interpretation, the story is also a character study of a reckless juvenile whose arrogance destroys him. Phaëton's misguided and inappropriate attempts to make his lineage public bring about his downfall. The plot, like that of several of Lully's operas, is based on an episode in Ovid's Metamorphoses.

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score (211 p.) 40 cm.

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Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection

The Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection includes almost 30 rare 17th and 18th-century scores of operas and ballets by the 17th-century French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully and his sons.

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  • 1709

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  • Nov. 8, 2005, 4:26 p.m.

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  • June 17, 2016, 10:24 a.m.

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Lully, Jean Baptiste, 1632-1687 & Quinault, Philippe, 1635-1688. Phaëton. Tragedie mise en musique, score, 1709; Paris. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc62/: accessed October 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Music Library.