Les Talens Déplacez, Comedie en Vers, en un Acte, avec un Divertissement. Représentée pour la premiere fois par les Comediens Italiens du Roi le 6. Août 1744. [Libretto with music]

Paris: Grange, 1744. Small octavo. Modern marbled wrappers. 1f. (half-title), [3] (title with decorative woodcut device), [4] (named cast list), [5]-44 (libretto), 1f. (text for the vaudville with approbation to verso), 15 (engraved music for Les Talens and the vaudeville), [i] (blank) pp. Decorative woodcut initial and head- and tailpiece to pp. 5 and 44.

Music includes a Cantatille, with text beginning "Aux charmes de Leda... " scored for 2 voices and continuo; the air "Gay et Gracieux" with text beginning "En Amour... " scored for 1 voice, 1 treble instrument, and continuo; and a vaudeville with text beginning "Une mere franche hipocrite... " scored for voice and continuo.

Slightly worn; occasional light foxing and mispagination; final leaf creased at outer margin.

Probable First Edition. Very scarce. Not in Sonneck, Grove Music Online, BUC, or RISM. Worldcat (4 copies only, at SUNY Binghamton, University of Michigan, the Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen-Nürnberg, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France). Another edition, also published in 1744 by La veuve Duchesne, and with the same pagination, held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Libretto by Michel Guyot de Merville (1696-1755).

"Contemporary accounts in the Mercure de France... claimed Blaise was ‘known for his other good works’ and that his music was ‘always distinctive’. The hundreds of performances at the Comédie-Italienne including music by him attest to his success... some of his songs and other items were included in contemporary anthologies." Jeffrey R. Rehbach in Grove Music Online. Item #26751

Price: $165.00  other currencies

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