Dancourt [d’Ancourt], Louis Hurtaut [Heurtaux ]
- Manuel Couvreur
(b Paris, 1725; d Paris, July 29, 1801). French librettist, dramatist and actor. He failed to make his mark as an actor in Paris, and pursued his career in the provinces (in Rennes, Strasbourg, Bordeaux and Rouen) and on various foreign stages (Bayreuth, Munich, Berlin and Brussels). While in Berlin sometime after 1755 he wrote the libretto of the divertissement Le triple horoscope which was set to music by Gaultier. With the warm recommendation of Favart, Dancourt then joined the French company in Vienna in 1762. During the 1763–4 season he wrote the libretto of La rencontre imprévue, ou Les pèlerins de la Mecque, which was set by Gluck. This work derived from Lesage and D'Orneval's play Les pèlerins de la Mecque, and had its first performance in 1764. Dancourt revived it in Brussels (1765), in Bordeaux (as Ali et Rezia, 1766) and in Paris, with music arranged by Solié (as ...