[LWV 47]. Les Festes de l'Amour et de Bacchus. Pastorale. [Libretto]

Representée par l'Academie Royale de Musique. Seconde Edition. Suivant la Copie de Paris.

Amsterdam: Antoine Schelte, 1697.

12mo. 19th century dark green quarter calf with marbled boards, spine with titling and decorative devices gilt. 1f. (recto blank, verso engraved frontispiece titled "Le Triomphe de l'Amour"), 1f. (recto title with woodcut device, verso blank), 1f. ("Avant-Propos"), 1f. (cast list, including both actors and dancers), 5ff. ("Prologue"), 19-45, [i] (blank) pp. With occasional decorative woodcut head- and tailpieces, initials, and devices. Contemporary manuscript annotations/doodles to p. 39.

Bound with:
1f. (recto fine engraving titled "Recueil des Opera" incorporating a large viol and lyre, verso blank), 8ff. ("Avertissement").

Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Minor wear and browning; occasional small stains.

Schneider p. 203.

A "pastorale" in a prologue and three acts to a libretto by Quinault, Philippe, Isaac de Benserade and the Président de Périgny, Les fêtes de l'amour was first performed in Paris at the Jeu de Paume de Béquet ca. 10 November 1672. Lully's first opera, "it is mainly a pastiche of excerpts from his and Molière’s comédies-ballets La pastorale comique (1667), George Dandin (1668), Les amants magnifiques (1670) and Le bourgeois gentilhomme (1670). Though it lacks the heroic plot elements found in Lully’s tragédies, its pastoral plot elements and the nature of its music, dance and spectacle prefigure the features of the tragédie en musique. It preceded Lully’s first tragédie by only five months." Lois Rosow in Grove Music Online.

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