Tragédie Lyrique Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Its organization and musicals character often resembles lesser genres such as pastorale – héroïque but is distinctive by a greater dramatic intensity and seriousness of

4 tone. As the Groove dictionary of music says : “the Lullian tragédie is, in fact, an extraordinary amalgam of pre - existing elements.” Tragedies of Corneille and Racine became a model for the five acts basic structure. The projection of Lully’s previous creative experience comes into Tragédie lyrique through the use of panegyrical prologues, stage spectacle, dances, symphonies, and divertissements. Finally, the principle of ‘déclamation enflée et chantante’ used by C.C.la Champmeslé in his tragédiennes influenced
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The practice of reviving Lully's tragedies continued for a long time after his sudden death in 1687. Because of his monopoly, only few composers were able to accomplish a public performance of their operatic pieces. One of such rare exceptions was for example Marc – Antoine Charpentier. Although his best works are considered ones of the finest in the repertoire, they never gained popularity comparable to those written by Lully. Such a state of the French baroque opera remained stable until an appearance of another important figure in the history of treagedie lyrique , Jean – Philippe Rameau.

Jean – Philippe Rameau

Besides being a brilliant composer, Rameau was also a distinguished music

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