La Borde's Ironic Pastoral: 'Annette et Lubin'

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William Empson's 1935 book, 'Some Versions of Pastoral' and its essay 'Proletarian Literature' provide a framework for investigating the case of an opera that could not be performed in public owing to its overt treatment of the themes of pregnancy, illegitimacy and marriage between first cousins. 'Annette et Lubin' (1762) was a dramatisation by Jean-François Marmontel of his own short story, in turn based on real life. The music, which was published in full score, was by Jean-Benjamin de La Borde. The article first identifies the background chronology by reference to Charles-Simon Favart's correspondence: his own opéra-comique version of the same tale was publicly successful owing to its ingenous avoidance of offence. In its second part, the article comments analytically on certain aspects of La Borde's score.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication"L'esprit français" und die Musik Europas
Subtitle of host publicationEntstehung, Einfluss und Grenzen einer ästhetischen Doktrin
EditorsMichelle Biget-Mainfroy, Rainer Schmusch
Place of PublicationHildesheim
PublisherGeorg Olms Verlag
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)3-487-13009-2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameStudien und Materialen zur Musikwissenschaft
ISSN (Print)0176-0033


  • Marmontel, La Borde, Favart, opéra-comique, French society, pregnancy, marriage

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