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Proserpine; tragedie

Description: With Proserpine, composer Jean-Baptiste Lully returned to his collaboration with librettist Philippe Quinault, which had been interrupted when the poet was banned from Court for offending Madame de Montespan (the king's mistress) with unflattering references in Isis. By 1679, Quinault had been restored to favor. Proserpine was first performed at St. Germain-en-Laye in February of 1680. Though seventeenth-century audiences were familiar with the story of Proserpine being carried off into Hades from numerous ballets and stage plays, Quinault returned to the source in Ovid's Metamorphoses to embellish the plot. In addition to details drawn from Ovid, Quinault added some of his own, making Proserpine among the most convoluted of Lully's operas. While the prologue alludes to King Louis XIV in the guise of Jupiter, the play itself refers specifically to the king's recent victories over the Spanish and Dutch when Jupiter battles and defeats the giants. Robert Isherwood notes that Jupiter's trip to Phrygia may represent Louis' inspection of Flanders after its defeat in 1679.
Date: 1680
Creator: Lully, Jean Baptiste, 1632-1687 & Quinault, Philippe, 1635-1688
Partner: UNT Music Library

Technic Book No. 2 for Piano

Description: Fifteen exercises, scales and arpeggios, and cadences for solo piano
Date: 1966
Creator: Johnson, Merritt
Partner: UNT Music Library

Intermezzo for Organ

Description: Solo composition for organ
Date: 1971
Creator: Johnson, Merritt
Partner: UNT Music Library

Three Pieces for Piano

Description: Compositions for solo piano.
Date: 1968
Creator: Johnson, Merritt
Partner: UNT Music Library

Miniatures for Organ, Op. 8

Description: Five compositions for solo organ in A-flat major, D major, D-flat major, E-flat major, and A minor.
Date: 1931
Creator: Johnson, Merritt
Partner: UNT Music Library

Preludes for Piano

Description: Seven compositions for solo piano
Date: 1961
Creator: Johnson, Merritt
Partner: UNT Music Library

Suite for Piano

Description: Six compositions for solo piano.
Date: 1970
Creator: Johnson, Merritt
Partner: UNT Music Library

Sunrise for Organ

Description: Composition for solo organ
Date: 1960
Creator: Johnson, Merritt
Partner: UNT Music Library

Dream River for Piano

Description: Composition for solo piano
Date: 1956
Creator: Johnson, Merritt
Partner: UNT Music Library

Chord Studies for Piano, Book 3

Description: Six chord studies for piano in C minor, F-sharp minor, A-flat major, F minor, E major, and C-sharp minor
Date: 1966
Creator: Johnson, Merritt
Partner: UNT Music Library

Chord Studies for Piano, Book 2

Description: Six chord studies for piano in D minor, B-flat major, B minor, A minor, E-flat major, and A major.
Date: 1965
Creator: Johnson, Merritt
Partner: UNT Music Library

Nocturne for Piano

Description: Compositon for solo piano
Date: 1937
Creator: Johnson, Merritt
Partner: UNT Music Library

Chord Studies for Piano, Book 1

Description: Six chord studies for piano in C major, G major, F major, A minor, E minor, and D major.
Date: 1964
Creator: Johnson, Merritt
Partner: UNT Music Library

Divertimento for Piano

Description: Composition for solo piano.
Date: 1945
Creator: Johnson, Merritt
Partner: UNT Music Library

Achilles. An opera.

Description: John Gay is credited with inventing the ballad opera, a genre that blends spoken plays and previously composed songs to new texts. Although The Beggar’s Opera (1728) was his most successful endeavor, he continued to compose English musical dramas. Achilles was finally performed in 1733, one year after Gay died. In this story, Achilles appears as a girl named Pyrrha, unknown to most of the inhabitants of the island of Scyros, in order to circumvent a prediction that he will die in battle. Deidamia (the king’s daughter) knows the secret, however, because she is carrying the disguised man’s child. After Achilles’s identity is revealed, he and Deidamia are able to wed. Then, in a fateful twist of irony, Achilles plans to join the Greeks in the Trojan War.
Date: 1733
Creator: Gay, John, 1685-1732
Partner: UNT Music Library