Rameau, Jean-Philippe
Zéphire RCT 61
Acte de ballet
- Vocal score based on volume IV.31 of the "Opera Omnia Rameau"
- With all the original versions of the work
- Practical orchestral reduction by the experienced specialist François Saint-Yves
- Interesting for chamber operas, academies and colleges
Edition no.
BA08872-90
ISMN
9790006575893
Editor
Berton-Blivet, Nathalie
Arranger
Saint-Yves, François
Instrumentation of the work
Vocal, Mixed choir, Orchestra
Product format
Vocal Score
Binding
Paperback
Pages / Format
XI, 92 S. - 27,0 x 19,0 cm
Rameau's ballet-opera "Zéphire" is based on the legend of Zephire and Flora, as immortalized by Ovid in the fifth book of his "Fasti". Zéphire, the god of the west wind, loves Chloris, a forest nymph of the goddess Diana. Despite the brevity of the dramatic action, the nymphs and zephyrs, the ballet and the chorus, are given great importance in the dances and choruses. In the end, the lovers win the favour of the feared goddess, and Zéphire transforms Chloris into Flora, the goddess of spring.

Similar to "Pygmalion", this ballet act also offers the popular ingredients of Rameau's operas in a compressed form: a fragrant, light orchestral texture alongside delicate, expressive melodies, in addition instrumental numbers of various colours, sometimes floating, then again with rhythmic drive. Interestingly, Zéphire is not cast as a haute-contre in this acte de ballet, but as a soprano.

The many questions surrounding the possible compositional context of this little gem, which was never performed during Rameau's lifetime, are explored in detail in the introduction to the corresponding Complete Edition volume published by OOR. This new critical edition is based on the autograph, which contains several layers of composition. Five appendices also reproduce the original versions in the vocal score, insofar as these could be restored.
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