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Pirrhus, lyric tragedy
ROYER, Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace (ca 1705-1755)

Pirrhus, lyric tragedy
Editor : Lisa Goode Crawford

Serie : Edition critique - Anthologies
Under collection : musique de scène
Sort of sheet music : critical edition
Reference : CMBV_066
ISMN 979-0-707034-66-8
Pagination : CLXV-248
Binding : bounded

Price : 175,00 € T.T.C
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Pirrhus was the first of Pancrace Royer’s operatic works to be performed at the Académie Royale de Musique (the Paris Opera), and his only tragédie en musique. Set after the Trojan war, it is the story of the love between Pyrrhus, son of Achilles, and his Trojan prisoner Polyxena, daughter of King Priam. In 1730 Royer was at the beginning of his career, which was to be a brilliant one, not only as a composer of both lyric works and harpsichord music, but also as a celebrated teacher and as the director of the Concert Spirituel. In spite of its composer’s youth and inexperience, Pirrhus was given a glittering production, featuring the best singers in the company and new sets created especially for the opera. Nevertheless, it was not a success, unlike Royer’s later ballets héroïques, Zaïde (1739) and Le Pouvoir de l’Amour (1743). The opera’s failure was generally attributed to the weakness of the libretto, which seems to have been written by an unknown author, Fermelhuis.

Pirrhus, composed three years earlier than Rameau’s first opera, Hippolyte & Aricie (1733), is a fascinating blend of styles, combining conservative with forward-looking elements, including some characteristics of harmony, orchestration and musical gesture usually associated with Rameau.

Lisa Goode Crawford is Emerita Professor of Harpsichord at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (USA), where she was a central figure in its internationally renowned Historical Performance Program. She has edited the harpsichord music of Pancrace Royer for the collection Le Pupitre (Heugel), as well as recording it for the Gasparo label. In 2002, she produced and directed Royer’s Le Pouvoir de l’Amour at Oberlin, in collaboration with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and the New York Baroque Dance Company, as well as publishing the critical edition of this ballet héroique for the cmbv in 2006. In 2012 she co-directed with Michael Greenberg a concert version of Royer’s tragédie lyrique, Pirrhus at the Château de Versailles; the CD of this concert was released in 2014 on the Alpha label. She is active as a harpsichordist and teacher in the United States and in Europe, and serves as an adjudicator for international competitions.

General points
Period : baroque period
Genre : secular
Repertoire for : opéra

Illustrations : 17
Appendices : Chaconne de l'acte II révisée par François Francoeur
Language’s introduction : français/English
Works : Pirrhus, tragédie en musique
Copyright : juin-2015
Works include :
Description of the works
Tone : d minor
Duration : more than 50'
Text in : français
Author : Fermelhuis

Soloists needed : 3 D, 3 Bd, 2 Hc, T, 7 B [SSSSSSAATBBBBBBB]
Choir formation : D (div), Hc, T, Bt, B [SSATBB]
Instruments needed : flutes (div), oboe (div), bassoon, trumpet, timpani, dessus de violon (div) (violin), haute-contre de violon (viola I), taille de violon (violon II), bass violin (cello)/basso continuo (bass violin (cello), double bass, harpsicord, theorbo)
Repertoire for : Lyric work
Detail 1 : lyric tragedy

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Other sort of sheet music available :
- Scores, Pirrhus, ROYER, Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace, off-print
- Scores, Pirrhus, ROYER, Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace, instrumental parts for hire

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- Scores, Suite d'Hippolyte et Aricie, RAMEAU, Jean-Philippe, kit for performance
- Scores, Operatic arias for Soprano and mezzo-soprano, RAMEAU, Jean-Philippe, full score
- Scores, Nicandro & Fileno, LORENZANI, Paolo, critical edition
- Scores, Le Pouvoir de l'Amour, ROYER, Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace, critical edition

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