Les Elemens, Balet, [Libretto]

Dansé par Le Roy, dans son Palais des Thuilleries le 22. Decembre 1721. Representé par l'Academie Royale de Musique le 29. May 1725. Le prix est de quarante sols.

Paris: Chez la veuve de Pierre Ribou, seul Libraire de l'Académie Royale de Musique; Quay des Augustins, à la descente du Pont-Neuf, à l'Image S Loüis, 1725.

Small quarto. Disbound. 1f. (recto title with decorative device, verso blank), iii-xvi, 43, [i] (privilege) pp. With woodcut head- and tail-pieces and occasional decorative initials throughout.

With named cast list of actors and singers to p. vii; named cast list of "Acteurs et Actrices, Chantans dans les Choeurs du Balet" to p. xiii; named cast list of dancers in the four entrées to pp. xiv and xv; and named list of singers in the ballet to p. xvi.

Named dancers include Binet, Blondy, Dangeville, Delisle C., Delisle L., Dumoulin L., F. Dumoulin, P. Dumoulin, Mrs. Dumoulin, Duval, Ferriere, Lamotte, Lemaire, Maltaire L., Menès, Myon, Pety, Pierret, Prevôt, Rey, Tabary, and Tyber [Tiber].

Very slightly worn and browned, a bit heavier to final leaves; occasional foxing; some leaves very slightly cropped at upper margin, not affecting text.

Rare. OCLC (one copy only, at the Universitäts-und Landesbibliothek, Darmstadt).

Les elémens, an opéra-ballet in a prologue and four entrées (L'Air, L'Eau, Le Feu, and La Terre) set to a libretto by Pierre-Charles Roy, was first performed in Paris at the Tuileries on 31 December 1721.

"Destouches composed most of the music in Les élémens, the overture and at least nine movements in the prologue and first entrée being Lalande’s. Jean Balon choreographed the original production. It was the only stage work by Lalande to appear at the Paris Opéra ... At court Les élémens marked the end of several eras: it was Lalande’s final stage work, Louis XV’s last stage appearance and the final French court ballet. As a public production the Opéra-ballet looked forward, modified and adjusted as necessary to accommodate changing tastes throughout the 18th century." Barbara Coeyman in Grove Music Online.

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