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Musical Theatre at the Court of Louis XIV

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  • 101 b/w illus. 1 table 10 music examples
  • Page extent: 360 pages
  • Size: 310 x 227 mm
  • Weight: 0.872 kg

Paperback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521020220 | ISBN-10: 0521020220)

Dance played a major role in all French Baroque theatrical entertainments. Le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos, a short ballet performed at the court of Louis XIV, is of major importance, largely because it has survived complete in all its components - choreography, music, and text - and also because it uses a previously unknown dance notation system. This book reproduces the entire manuscript of this ballet and provides a comprehensive study of the work itself and of the circumstances in which it was created and performed. Chapters devoted to the composer, choreographer, and performers provide a framework for understanding the performance context not only of this work, but of other court entertainments of the period. A study and evaluation of the notation system in which the dances are recorded, together with a detailed analysis of the dances, completes the introduction.

• This book reproduces the manuscript of the only complete, surviving Baroque ballet, making it a unique publication • The manuscript contains the complete choreography, i.e. all the dance steps, meaning that it can be danced today as intended in the seventeenth century • The text explains the ballet and background in full detail

Contents

Introduction; 1. The performance context; 2. The creators and performers; 3. Le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos in performance; 4. The music; 5. The dance notation; 6. The dances; 7. The sources; Appendix A. Libretto; Appendix B. Reproduction of the article 'Choregraphie' from the Encyclopédie ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des metiers (1753).

Reviews

'... fascinating and valuable ...' Early Music

'Rebecca Harris-Warrick and Carol Marsh's superb study … reflects a significant marriage of historical research methodology and historical performance experience, presented in a lucid reader-friendly format.' Music and Letters

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