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Jean-Philippe Rameau and the Dance

Sophie Yates explores Rameau's dance music in his theatrical works as well as looking at an engraving with remarkable origins and a link to the opera Castor and Pollux.

In the second of our three programmes marking the 250th anniversary of the death of Jean Philippe Rameau, Sophie Yates visits the Royal Academy of Music in London to explore Rameau's mastery of dance music in his works for the theatre. She's joined by the art historian Clare Hornsby, the dancer and choreographer Christopher Tudor and the composer and harpsichordist David Gordon, to examine an engraving which boasts a fascinating genesis and which has an intriguing link to Rameau's opera Castor and Pollux.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Gavottes en Rondeau from 'Les Fetes d'Hebe'

    Conductor: Frans Brüggen. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.
    • GLOSSA : GCD 921103.
    • Track 24.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Menuets from 'Les Boreades'

    Conductor: Frans Brüggen. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.
    • PHILIPS : 420 240-2.
    • Track 13.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Tambourins from Dardanus

    Conductor: Frans Brüggen. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.
    • PHILIPS : 420 240-2.
    • Track 19.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Tambourin from 'Les Fetes d'Hebe'

    Conductor: Frans Brüggen. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.
    • GLOSSA : GCD 921103.
    • Track 25.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Contredanse - from 'Pygmalion'

    Ensemble: La Petite Bande. Director: Gustav Leonhardt.
    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI : GD 77143.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Tambourin from Suite in E minor (Pieces de clavecin, 1724, rev.1731)

    Performer: Sophie Yates.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN 0659.
    • Track 19.

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