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Le Balet Comique de la Royne

Lucie Skeaping explores classical ballet's origins, which can be found in the balet comique de la royne, a stage entertainment held at the court of Catherine de Medici in 1581.

Lucie Skeaping explores the origins of classical ballet, which can be found in the lavish 'balet comique de la royne', an ambitious and influential stage entertainment that was given in Paris, on 15 October 1581 in the court of Catherine de Medici, to celebrate the marriage of the Duc de Joyeuse and Mlle de Vaudemont.

It was conceived and directed by Catherine's director of court festivals, Balthasar de Beaujoyeux, who sought to bring together all the art forms - including for the first time, dramatic dance - for a huge allegorical spectacle in the spirit of the ancient Greeks. The verse was by the Sieur de la Chesnaye, the scenery by Patin, and the music by the bass singer Lambert de Beaulieu, Jacques Salmon, and others. Catherine was so pleased with the event that she had all its details meticulously recorded, published and circulated, which is how we have come to know so much about it.

In recent years the Swiss-based group Ensemble Elyma and their director Gabriel Garrido have researched and recorded the music of the entertainment, and it is this recording that is featured in the programme. Lucie looks back on the history of the piece, how it was performed, what it looked like and what it meant.

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Sat 28 Aug 2010 13:00

Music Played

  • Lambert de Beaulieu

    Entrée from "Le balet Comique de la Royne"

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma directed by Gabriel Garrido

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  • Lambert de Beaulieu

    Chanson des Sereines from "Le balet Comique de la Royne"

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma directed by Gabriel Garrido

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    • K617 080.
  • Lambert de Beaulieu

    Le son du premier ballet from "Le balet Comique de la Royne"

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma directed by Gabriel Garrido

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    • K617 080.
  • Lambert de Beaulieu

    Chanson de Mercure from "Le balet Comique de la Royne"

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma directed by Gabriel Garrido

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  • Lambert de Beaulieu

    Chanson des Vertus from "Le balet Comique de la Royne"

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma directed by Gabriel Garrido

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  • Lambert de Beaulieu

    Choeur de la descente and Chant de Jupiter from "Le balet Comique de la Royne"

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma directed by Gabriel Garrido

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    • K617 080.
  • Claude Le Jeune

    Battaille from "La Guerre"

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma directed by Gabriel Garrido

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  • Lambert de Beaulieu

    La petite entrée du grand balet from "Le balet Comique de la Royne"

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma directed by Gabriel Garrido

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  • Pierre Francisque Caroubel

    Terpsichore

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma directed by Gabriel Garrido

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    • K617 080.

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