Tragédie en musique [tragédie lyrique] (Fr.)
- Graham Sadler
The most important species of French opera in the period from Lully to Rameau (1673–1764). In its organization and musical character it shares many features with lesser genres such as the pastorale-héroïque. It is nevertheless distinguished by its five-act structure (others usually had fewer acts) and by a greater dramatic intensity and seriousness of tone. In the later 18th century the ...