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French - Late 17th and 18th century
Lighter version of tragédie en musique with more dance music and with plots that are not necessarily derived from Classical mythology.
Usually with a prologue and a number of self-contained acts (called entrées), following a theme.
Ballet héroïque (Heroic ballet) is a type of opéra-ballet featuring the heroic and exotic, popular themes in the 18th century.
Pastorale héroïque is a type of ballet héroïque, usually in three acts with an allegorical prologue, that typically drew on classical themes associated with pastoral poetry.
Notable composers: Destouches, Rameau, Royer, Mondonville, Mion, Lully
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) 2*
Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) 1*
Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) 1*
Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842) 1*
André Campra (1660-1744)
André Cardinal Destouches (1672-1749)
François Colin de Blamont (1690-1760)
Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (1705-1755)
Jean-Joseph de Mondonville (1711-1772)