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Subtitle: Tragédie in a prologue and 5 acts (Version 1739)
Arranger: Saint-Yves, François
Editor: Davy-Rigaux, Cécile & Herlin, Denis & Bouissou, Sylvie
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Instrumentation: 7 Soprano, 2 Alto, 5 Bass, SATB; Ballett; Fl, Ob, Vln, Vla, Bn, Vlc, Db
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The first version of Dardanus
, which was performed at the end of 1739, was composed apparently in only six months and marks a particularly productive phase in Rameau’s career. In a period of only six years five of his major works were performed at the Académie Royale de Musique in Paris.
The theme is taken from Greek mythology: The opera describes the war between Teucer (the future founder of Troy), his Phrygian people and the army of Dardanus.
• A milestone of French Baroque opera in a performance practice orientated vocal score
• With a brief foreword (Fr/Eng) containing salient information on the genesis of the work, the synopsis and the edition