Les Fascheux Comedie [Libretto]

Representée sur le Theatre du Palais Royal

Paris: Gabriel Quinet, au Palais, dans la Gallerie des Prisonniers, à l'Ange Gabriel, 1663.

12mo. Full modern mid-tan calf with gilt ruled edges; raised bands on spine in compartments gilt; dark red leather title label gilt; inner dentelles gilt; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; blue silk ribbon marker. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 3-6 ("Epistre" au Roy), 7-13 (synopsis), 16 (cast list), 83, [i] (blank) pp.

With decorative woodcut device to title and decorative head- and tailpieces throughout. With short textual descriptions of the ballets following Acts I (2 entrées), II (4 entrées), and III (2 entrées).

Minor internal wear and browning; page 71 mispaginated 17; slightly trimmed; some outer and upper margins cropped, occasionally just touching page numbers or text.

Guibert: Bibliographie des Oeuvres de Molière publiées au XVIIe Siècle, p. 81. First published in 1662.

Les fâcheux, a comédie-ballet in three acts to text by Molière, was first performed in honor of Louis XIV at the chateau of Nicolas Fouquet, Vaux-le-Vicomte, on 17 August 1661, with choreography by Pierre Beauchamp and sets by Giacomo Torelli. It was a great success, performed more than 100 times during Molière's lifetime, with the 8 male characters all played by Molière at Vaux-le-Vicomte.

The first of Molière's comédies-ballets composed and choreographed by Beauchamps.

"Beauchamps was Louis XIV’s personal dancing-master and favourite partner in ballets de cour in the 1650s and 60s. Throughout his career he collaborated with Lully, whom he first met as comic dancer in, and later as composer of, ballets de cour. Beauchamps choreographed intermèdes and dances for Molière’s comédies-ballets, beginning with Les fâcheux (1661), for which he also composed the music and conducted the orchestra." Maureen Needham in Grove Music Online.

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