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Ballet de la Jeunesse

Divertissement mélé de comédie et de musique (1686)

Barbara Coeyman
1996

320 pp.

2 illustrations

ISBN: 978-0945193555

paperback $100.00


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Known today primarily for his grand motets Delalande also wrote atleast twenty works for the stage. The Ballet de la jeunesse is an important earlyexample of opera-ballet antedating Campra's L'Europe galante by more than a decade. At the center of this Divertissement is an immense and highly organized double chaconne of sixty-two variations each eight measures long. The manuscript reproduced in this volume is a magnificent example of the calligraphy of André Danican Philidor l'aîné.
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