Phaëton. Tragedie mise en musique Metadata

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


  • Composer: Lully, Jean Baptiste, 1632-1687
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Librettist: Quinault, Philippe, 1635-1688
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Name: à l'entrée de la porte de l'Academie Royale de Musique
    Place of Publication: Paris


  • Creation: 1709
  • Digitized: 2006-12


  • French


  • Physical Description: score (211 p.) 40 cm.
  • Content Description: 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.


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Operas -- Scores.
  • Other: Tragédie en musique

Primary Source

  • Item is a Primary Source


  • Name: Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection
    Code: JBLC
  • Name: Virtual Music Rare Book Room
    Code: VRBR


  • Name: UNT Music Library
    Code: UNTML


  • Rights Access: public

Resource Type

  • Musical Score/Notation


  • Image


  • UNT Catalog No.: b2026578
  • OCLC: 21395551
  • RISM No.: RISM A/I, L 3003
  • Other: LWV 61
  • Call Number: M1500.L95 P52 1709
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc62