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Cadmus et Hermione (‘Cadmus and Hermione’)locked

  • Lois Rosow

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Tragédie en musique in a prologue and five acts by Jean-Baptiste Lully (see Lully family, §1) to a libretto by Philippe Quinault after Ovid Metamorphoses; Paris, Jeu de paume de Béquet, 27 April 1673.

The prologue tells the mythological tale of Apollo (symbolic of Louis XIV, who attended the première) slaying the serpent Python – a reference to an ongoing war against the Dutch. The tragedy, set in ancient Greece, concerns the prince Cadmus (baritone; immediately afterwards Lully established the ...

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