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French OperaA Short History$
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Vincent Giroud

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300117653

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300117653.001.0001

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From the Origins to Lully

From the Origins to Lully

(p.5) Chapter 1 From the Origins to Lully
French Opera

Vincent Giroud

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the history of French opera from its early origins to Jean-Baptiste Lully. It explains that before opera was introduced to France there was already a genre which included mixing dance and singing, and suggests that the ballet de cour should be considered as a forerunner and not as a rival of French opera. The chapter describes the early beginning of Lully as a composer and the role of Cardinal Mazarin in bringing Italian opera to Paris. It also considers the works of other composers, including Isaac de Benserade, Pierre Perrin, and Robert Cambert.

Keywords:   French opera, Jean-Baptiste Lully, ballet de cour, Cardinal Mazarin, Italian opera, Isaac de Benserade, Pierre Perrin, Robert Cambert

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