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Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
PROLOGUE: OUVERTURE TO CADMUS ET HERMIONE, LWV 49
In 1673 the French nobility witnessed the première of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Cadmus et Hermione, the first ever tragédie en musique, a genre invented by the composer himself.
A master of elegance and decorum at the height of his powers, Lully opened his novel work with a bold, majestic French ouverture, another musical form he pioneered in the 1650s. The ouverture is made up of two parts – one slow in dotted rhythms, and one fast in fugal style.
Program Notes © Melissa Farrow, Joanna Butler & Hugh Ronzani, 2020
Image Credit: Keith Saunders, 2020
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