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Édition critique, genèse, histoire et esthétique des deux versions du Temple de la Gloire de Voltaire et Rameau

Abstract : The court commissioned Voltaire and Rameau to write Le Temple de la Gloire in celebration of the king’s victorious return from Fontenoy. Premiered in Versailles in 1745, restaged in Paris in December, the opera closed down after its critical and box-office failure. It was considerably reworked, restaged in Paris in April 1746, and then forgotten, although many of its pieces were reused in other works. It is the only Voltaire opera staged at the Royal Academy of Music. This study consists of a double critical edition of the libretto and music of the two versions, from 1745 and 1746. It traces the history of the work from 1745 to the present day (Chapter 1), discusses it genetically (Chapter 2), and analyzes its esthetic reach (Chapter 3), which is considerable. Voltaire is not a courtly flatterer here ; he does not present a model of the conquering king, but rather one of a king who makes the people happy. Thus, in 1745, Voltaire extends his dramatic reforms to opera (less love, more entertainment, Metastasian gravitas). But in the end, in 1746, he gives into Rameau, to the Royal Academy of music’s protocol, and to his audience.
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Julien Dubruque. Édition critique, genèse, histoire et esthétique des deux versions du Temple de la Gloire de Voltaire et Rameau. Musique, musicologie et arts de la scène. Université François-Rabelais de Tours, 2014. Français. ⟨tel-03022462⟩

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