With this volume, Pendragon Press resumes publication of the series French Opera in the 17th and 18th Centuries with Claire Brook as General Editor. The introduction to Tancrède includes a biography of the composer and of the librettist, extensive discussions of the Tancrède libretto and score, and overviews of the opera's performance history and dramatic parodies. The full orchestral score reproduced in facsimile dates from 1738 and reflects Campra’s revision from a five-part to a four-part string texture. To provide scholars and performers with complete access to the original work, an appendix to the edition offers a transcription of the original fifth part (the quinte de violon) as well as several other sections of the original, which Danchet and Campra subsequently revised. The volume also includes a glossed list of over 120 prompt notes related to the 1748 production by Mme. Pompadour’s troupe at Versailles.
Antonia L. Banducci: Antonia L. Banducci, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Musicology and Chair of the Musicology Department at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, teaches courses for undergraduate and graduate music majors and participates in the University of Denver's First-Year Seminar program.
Specializing in French Baroque opera, she spent a year doing doctoral research in Paris as a Fulbright Scholar. Her dissertation," Tancrède by Antoine Danchet and André Campra: Performance History and Reception (1702-1764)," (Washington University, St. Louis, 1990) received the National Opera Association's First Biennial Award for Best Dissertation on an operatic topic.
Prof. Banducci has published in Early Music, Eighteenth-Century Music, The Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, and Notes. She has presented papers at both national and international musicology meetings and has written CD jacket notes for Harmonia Mundi. She provided the introduction and appendices to Pendragon Press's facsimile edition of André Campra's Tancrède (2006).