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Indes galantes, Les (‘The Amorous Indies’)locked

  • Graham Sadler

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Opéra-ballet in a prologue and four entrées by Jean-Philippe Rameau to a libretto by Louis Fuzelier; Paris, Opéra, 23 August 1735.

At its première, Rameau’s first opéra-ballet consisted only of a prologue and two entrées, ‘Les Incas du Pérou’ and ‘Le turc généreux’, the entrée ‘Les fleurs’ being added at the third performance. After criticism of what was seen as the absurdity of disguising the hero as a woman, this entrée was replaced with a version in which the plot and all the music except the ...

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