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The Royal Feasts of the Wedding of the Count of Artois

Summary

Concerts
  • Sunday October 2nd 2022
  • Royal Opera
  • 3pm | 1h30 without intermission
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Cast

Les Ambassadeurs ~ La Grande Ecurie

Alexis Kossenko Direction

 

Presentation

In the Versailles of the French kings, music was omnipresent, especially during ceremonial events, and specifically during royal meals: for decades, the monarch dined in public and to music, with Lalande’s Symphonies for the King’s Supper being a lavish example. In the 1770s, when Louis XV successively married off his three grandsons, he had the Royal Opera House constructed to host the official ceremonies, including the Royal Feast, where music played an essential role. A keystone of the wedding ceremony, the grand state dinner was entirely accompanied by music, which drowned out the hubbub of the hundreds of assembled courtiers and the noise of table service.

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Un orchestre considérable de soixante-dix musiciens faisaient entendre des symphonies splendides, issues des meilleures compositions du temps, souvent les opéras à succès. C’était donc une apologie de la grande tradition française que ce recueil de suites, dont le raffinement orchestral n’a d’égal que la puissance dramatique et l’énergie chorégraphique. De ces musiques de Cour, il reste le recueil de celles données dans l’Opéra Royal pour le mariage du comte d’Artois (futur Charles X) en 1773, réunies et arrangées pour l’occasion par Francoeur, et exécutées par le Surintendant de la Musique du roi, Rebel. Alexis Kossenko redonne à ces musiques festives le luxe de leur interprétation en grand effectif, sur la scène même qui les avait accueillies pour ce mariage historique !

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Programme

Marriage of Charles-Philippe, Count of Artois, to Marie-Thérèse of Savoy, on November 16, 1773, in Paris, with the blessing of Louis XV.

 

 

FIRST SUITE

 

François Francoeur (1698-1787) and François Rebel (1701-1775)

The Trophy: Overture

The Ballet of Peace: Grave Air

 

Pierre-Montan Berton (1727-1780)

Camilla, Queen of the Volscians by André Campra: Brisk Air

 

Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (1703-1755)

Zaïde, Queen of Grenada: Graceful and Tender Rondeau

 

François Francoeur and François Rebel

The Ballet of Peace: Chaconne

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SECOND SUITE

 

François Francoeur and François Rebel

Scanderberg: Overture

 

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

The Festivities of Hymen and Love: Majestic Air

 

François Francoeur and François Rebel

Pyramus and Thisbe: Graceful Air

Brisk Air

Graceful Gavotte: airs added to Armida by Jean-Baptiste Lully – first gavotte only

Ballet of Felicity: Marked Air

Brisk Air

 

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Dardanus: Graceful Gavottes

 

François Francoeur

Contredanse

 

 

THIRD SUITE

 

Jean-Philippe Rameau

The Festivities of Hymen and Love: March

 

Bernard De Bury (1720-1785)

Hylas and Zelie: Slow Air

Light Rondeau

 

Jean-Philippe Rameau

The Surprises of Love: Graceful Rondeau

 

Joseph Hyacinthe Ferrand (1709-1791)

Zelie: Graceful Rondeau

 

Jean-Claude Trial (1732-1771)

The Feast of Flora: Lively Contredanse

 

Pierre-Montan Berton

Chaconne: air added to Iphigenia in Tauris by Christoph Willibald Gluck

 

 

FOURTH SUITE

 

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Zaïs: Opening

The Temple of Glory: Minuet

Dardanus: Rondeau

 

François Francoeur and François Rebel

Tender Air: air added to The Rosière de Salency by Charles-Simon Favart

Rondeau: airs added to Pyramus and Thisbe by François Francoeur and François Rebel – first rondeau only

The Prince of Noisy: Gay Rondeau

 

Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville (1711-1772)

Titon and Aurora: Musette

 

Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer

Pyrrhus: Chaconne

 

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Castor and Pollux: “Tambourines”

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