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Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour, Les [Les fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour, ou Les dieux d’Egypte (‘The Festivities of Hymen and Cupid, or The Egyptian Gods’)]locked

  • Graham Sadler

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Opéra-ballet in a prologue and three entrées by Jean-Philippe Rameau to a libretto by (Jean-)Louis de Cahusac; Versailles, La Grande Ecurie, 15 March 1747.

Intended to appear as Les dieux d’Egypte, this work was adapted for the celebrations surrounding the dauphin’s second marriage, to Maria Josepha of Saxony. Its theme was fortuitously appropriate: each of the three entrées, ‘Osiris’, ‘Canope’ and ‘Aruéris, ou Les Isies’, culminates in the marriage of one of the Egyptian gods. In the first, Osiris (...

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